He boasted a pleasant hitting feeling. Kim Hye-seong contributed 4 hits and Oh Ji-hwan recorded multi-hits, showing off hot offense and contributing to the team’s victory.
The Korean national baseball team, preparing for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), swung a bat with 17 hits in the fourth evaluation match and won the championship.
The national team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol, won 9-0 with 17 hits in the second evaluation match against KT held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in the Tucson Kino Sports Complex in Arizona on the 25th (Korean time). With this, the national team increased their momentum by winning 4 consecutive victories in practice matches.
The national team that day was Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom center fielder) – Kang Baek-ho (KT designated hitter) – Na Seong-beom (KIA right fielder) – Kim Hyeon-soo (LG left fielder) – Park Byung-ho (KT first baseman) – Choi Jeong (SSG third baseman) – Oh Ji-hwan (LG shortstop) – Lee Ji-young (Kiwoom catcher) – Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom second baseman) formed the lineup.
Like the previous day’s game, this day was also conducted in an unofficial game style in which innings were played according to the number of pitches regardless of the out count. In particular, the two teams played a match in the form of Cheongbaekjeon, mixing pitchers and hitters. This is the arrangement of head coach Lee Kang-cheol to maximize the game sense of the team as well as the KT players of the team. In the national team, pitchers So-Jun Sohn 스포츠토토(KT), Bin Kwak (Doosan), Cheol-Won Jeong (Doosan), and Eui-Ji Yang (catcher, Doosan) played for KT as fielders.
The bat of the national team was hot from the beginning of the first inning. After consecutive hits by Lee Jung-hoo, Kang Baek-ho, and Na Seong-beom, Park Byung-ho’s timely hit scored the first point. The national team succeeded in taking the lead as Choi Jeong-gi walked right away and scored to make it 2-0.
In the beginning of the second inning, the national team’s ‘young ace’ Sohn So-jun climbed the KT mound and faced the national team, but the offensive power of the national team was fierce. Following consecutive hits by Oh Ji-Hwan and Lee Ji-Young, Lee Jung-Hoo and Kang Baek-Ho succeeded in scoring additional points by getting consecutive walks. In addition, Kim Hyun-soo’s timely hit gave the national team a 5-0 lead.
In the 3rd inning, thanks to Oh Ji-hwan’s hit and Kim Hye-sung’s triple, 1 more point was scored and the score widened by 6 points. It didn’t end here. In the 4th inning, Gwak Bin, who was on the mound, Park Byeong-ho hit an RBI double, followed by Choi Jung’s timely hit, making the score 8-0. In the top of the ninth inning, Park Hae-min’s double hit and Kang Min-seong (KT) from KT made it 9-0 with a timely hit, putting a wedge in the game.
The mound also worked hard and played a scoreless game. Starter Park Se-woong (Lotte) blocked 2 scoreless innings, followed by Eui-ri Lee (KIA, 2 innings) – Won Tae-in (Samsung, 1 inning) – Kim Yun-sik (LG, 1 inning) – Jung Woo-young (LG, 1 inning) – Lee Yong-chan ( NC · 1 inning) came out in turn and blocked the KT lineup well. However, So Joon Sohn, who was on the mound as part of KT, gave up 4 runs in 2 innings, and Bin Kwak scored 2 runs in 2 innings, leaving regret. Jung Cheol-won was the only one to record a scoreless goal.
After winning 4 consecutive victories in practice games, the national team will return to Korea after a final evaluation match against LG at the same place on the 27th (Korean time).