Gyeongbuk High School won the prestigious Younghonnam Baseball Big Match and took a step toward its second title of the season.

Kyungpook National High School Baseball Team defeated Gwangju First Team 6-4 in the round of 32 at the 51st Bonghwangdae National High School Baseball Tournament at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on Tuesday. The game, which was tied 4-4 after eight innings of back-and-forth play, was decided by a two-out RBI single by Gyeongbuk State pinch-hitter Song Seo-bin (2)스포츠토토 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. With the victory, this year’s Cheongryonggi champion Gyeongbuk State continued its cruise through the absence of its two-hit core power Jeon Mir (3), who was sent to the youth national team.

Gyeonggi Airlines and Hwasundo shared the victory in the Gyeonggi Airlines-Seoul Motors and Hwasundo-Gongju University matches, which were played as suspended matches due to rain the day before.

Gyeonggi Aviation 11-4 Seoul Motors (7th inning cold)
Gyeongbuk 6-4 Gwangju Jeil
Pohang Steel 6-4 Shinheung Go (over Mokdong)

Gyeonggi Aviation High School players cheer after winning the game against Seoul Motors High School at the 51st Bonghwangdae National High School Baseball Tournament at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on Tuesday. By Ko Young-kwon

The fortunes of Gyeonggi Airlines changed overnight. Gyeonggi Aviation was down 0-3 the day before, but the team fought back with a single run in the top of the fourth inning after Seoul Motors attacked with one out. After tying the game in the bottom of the fifth, 12 batters reached base in the top of the sixth for an eight-run big inning. With runners on first and third, a single by Lim Jun-woo (3 years), a push single by Kim Jae-hoon (1 year), and an infield grounder by Choi Min-seo (3 years) tied the game at 4-4, and then with the bases loaded, Lee Jung-hyun (2 years) hit a game-winning two-run double.

Kyungpook State showed off its fearsome backstop. In the top of the ninth inning, tied 4-4, No. 6 Jung Hee-chan (2) and No. 7 Jung Jae-min (2) hit back-to-back singles, and No. 8 Park Hyun-hoo (2) drew a walk. With the bases loaded, Song Seo-bin (2) came to the plate and pushed a first pitch from opposing ace Kim In-woo (3) over the plate for a two-run double down the right field line. With a 6-4 lead, Kyungpook State left-hander Kim Byung-jun (2) retired the next three batters in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.

Pohang Steel scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 2-1 lead, including a two-run double by No. 4 Lee Jun-hyung (3).

Hwasun Go 4-2 Gongju
Jemulpogo 14-4 Naju Gwangnam Go (6th inning cold)
Daegu Sangwon 10-0 Yale MedTech (6th inning cold – Shin-Wol Sang)

After taking a 3-2 lead through three innings the previous day, Hwasundo resumed in the fourth inning and held on to the lead until the end. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Heo Si-wan ’03 came in and pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out five and walking none, while the third pitcher, Ko Kang-hoon ’03, pitched the final 1.2 innings of a no-hitter. The Hwasungo offense was only able to add one run in the top of the seventh inning on a bases-loaded single by Jung Jae-min (3), but the mound held strong.

Jemulpogo pounded out 16 hits in the complete-game victory. Kim Jung-ho (3rd) opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second inning, followed by three runs in the third, four runs in the fourth, and five runs in the fifth to take an early lead. Leadoff hitter Lee Se-ryul (first year) went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases, while starter Jang Hong-seo (third year) pitched four scoreless innings.

Daegu Sangwon University was led by a 4-for-4, three-run, four RBI performance from leadoff hitter Lee Ho-joon (3rd) and five shutout innings from starter Jang Kyung-woo (3rd) to hold off the Yale MedTech surge.

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