Victory over Daegu Go Se Ad, embraced by the phoenix

The heavens chose Daegu High School as the winner of the Battle of the Phoenix.

In the final game of the 51st National High School Baseball Tournament (co-hosted by The Korea Times and the Korea Baseball Softball Association) held at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on Monday, Daegu High School defeated Sejad 3-2 in extra innings in a close game that went to the 10th inning.

Both teams played a tightly contested game, especially in the sixth inning, when neither team could get their offense going with sporadic hits. Daegu had the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but an infield fly and a fielder’s choice ended the threat.

After Daegu’s missed opportunity, Seadoo didn’t sit idle.

In the top of the seventh inning, with runners on first and second, No. 9 Kim Tae-hyun hit an exquisite double off the side of the third baseman to bring home the second run. On the next at-bat, the runner from third came home on a grounder in front of the pitcher. 2-0 Segwang lead.

The reversal came after two outs in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth, Daegu tied the game with a two-run double to right-center field by No. 5 Yang Hyun-jong. It was a replay of the 2010 Bonghwangdae final.

Daegu completed a triple play on defense in the top of the 10th inning to end the inning on a high note. Then, in the bottom of the 10th, the offense scored the winning run on a squeeze bunt one out later. In 2010, the team rallied from a ninth-inning tie and a 10th-inning deficit to win the tournament for the first time in 13 years. In 2018, the team won the title for the fourth time in four years.메이저사이트

The tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors went to sophomore Hyunjong Yang, who hit the game-winning hit with two outs in the ninth inning. Yang won the tournament’s top three honors, finishing second in hits and third in RBIs.