After an 8-1 win over Puerto Rico in the first game of a two-day series, the Korean National Youth Baseball Team dropped a 1-7 decision to Japan in the Super Round.
South Korea was unable to overcome the physical challenges of a doubleheader against Japan in the Super Round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup 2023 on Sunday at Tianmu Stadium in Taipei, losing 1-7.
South Korea, which entered the Super Round with a 1-1 record, lost to Japan to fall to 1-2.
The previous day’s preliminary round Group A match against Puerto Rico was suspended due to three days of heavy rain and was rescheduled for later in the day, and Korea won 8-1 to advance to the Super Round against Japan.
Japan’s starter Yugo Maeda was shut out. In the top of the first inning, Lee Chung-heon struck out, Jung Ahn-seok grounded out to second base, and Yeo Dong-gun flied out to left field. In the top of the second inning, Park Ji-hwan flied out to right field, Lee Seung-min grounded out to shortstop, and Cho Hyun-min flied out to center field.
Japan took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on first and second, Shinnosuke Chibana tripled to left center to score two runs. Mikito Ogata followed with a grounder to the second baseman, allowing Chibana to score to make it 0-3.
Down 0-3, Korea couldn’t find any offense. In the top of the third, Lee Sang-joon led off with a single, but was stranded at first base after Yeon Jun-won was caught at second base on a fly ball.
After retiring the side in order in the top of the fourth, Korea finally had a chance to score in the bottom of the fifth against new pitcher Mori Kodai. Two batters later, Cho Hyun-min singled and Lee Yul-ye singled to put runners on first and second. However, Lee Sang-joon’s shot was caught by the center fielder.
In the top of the sixth inning, they had another chance to score. Lee Chung-heon singled and Yeo Dong-geun singled to left, putting runners on second and third, and Park Ji-hwan singled to left to score the first run.
In the next two innings, Japan brought up their third pitcher, Riku Takeda, and Korea substituted Kim Tae-hyun for Lee Seung-min. Unfortunately, Kim Tae-hyun was retired on a grounder in front of the third baseman 소닉카지노.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, we gave up another run. Korean starter Bae Chan-seung gave up a solo shot to left field to Shuya Yamada.
Bae eventually gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits (one home run) in five innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.
However, Jeon was unable to keep the Japanese bats at bay. He gave up three more runs on three hits and one walk. 1-7.
In the top of the seventh, Lee Yul-ye walked and Lee Sang-joon singled to put runners on first and second, but Yeon Jun-won was caught fouling out by the catcher and Lee Chung-heon was thrown out at first base to end the game without a run.
Korea tried their best in a physically challenging situation due to the rainy schedule, but they were unable to beat Japan in the two-hitter.