“(LG Twins) Kim Hyun-soo touched my bat to give me winning energy.”
LG Twins outfielder Kim Hyun-soo, who won the 2023 KBO League championship, gave the Seoul Hura the winning touch as the team won the 2023 LX Korean Women’s Baseball Tournament.
The Hura lifted the trophy with a 20-0 victory over the Yanggu Blackpulse in the championship game of the 2023 LX Women’s Baseball Tournament at LG Champions Park Main Stadium in Icheon on Monday.
Hura scored 20 runs in seven innings, picking up 16 hits and 11 fours. She committed just one error. Amidst the offense and defense, starting pitcher Natsumi Fujita also shined. Natsumi struck out 10 in seven innings, allowing just three hits and one walk in a dominating performance that earned her a “no-hitter”.
Natsumi Fujita was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after throwing a complete game shutout and going 5-for-6 with five RBIs in the LX boat finals on Sept. 29. Icheon | Reporter Hwang Hye-jung.
In a batting lineup that pounded out 16 hits, Natsumi, who started and batted third, went 6-for-5 with five RBIs and was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Pitcher of the Tournament. Aika Kawashima went 6-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, and Lee Yeon-soon went 5-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs as the trio combined for 11 hits.
For the Blackpulse, starter Lee Sun-hee took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk in 1.2 innings, while relievers Won Hye-ryun gave up three runs in 2.1 innings and Oh Eui-boon gave up 12 runs (seven earned) in three innings. In a Blackpulse batting lineup that managed just three hits, Lee Eun-mi, batting sixth and designated hitter, had the team’s only multi-hit game with a 2-for-2 performance.
“We won the national championship after six years since 2017,” said Hura captain Jung Jung-jin. It’s been a long time coming, so I’m really happy,” she smiled. “I think we were able to win because we were solid in both offense and defense. The manager, coaches, and players all worked really hard.”
The game was played at Icheon Stadium, which is also used by the LG Twins’ second team. LG Icheon’s stadium, Champions Park, boasts the best environment for professional players. In particular, the tournament period coincided with the training period of the LG Twins first team, which won the 2023 KBO League regular season, and the women’s baseball players who visited Champions Park to participate in the tournament reportedly met many of the first team players.
“During the tournament, we ran into famous LG players such as Oh Ji-hwan and Kim Hyun-soo. When we asked them to give us some winning energy, Kim Hyun-soo gave us a baseball bat to cheer us up. Thank you,” he said.
“I’m also very grateful to LX Chairman Koo Bon-jun for holding the women’s baseball tournament at Champions Park. Thanks to you, I always make good memories every time. I am always grateful.” He bowed his head.
The LX Bae is the only corporate-sponsored women’s baseball tournament and is co-organized by LX Group and the Women’s Baseball Association of Korea (WBAK). The LG Bae Korea Women’s Baseball Tournament was launched by LG Electronics in 2012, and the LX Bae has continued its tradition since last year. On this day, LX Chairman Koo Bon-jun visited the final game and congratulated Hura on her victory.