The Korea National Under-18 Baseball Team has reached the bronze medal match at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 World Youth Baseball Championship (Baseball World Cup).
The U-18 team, coached by Lee Young-bok (Chungam-go), defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in the final game of the Super Round on Monday in Taipei, Taiwan.안전놀이터
With a 2-3 record, Korea was tied with the United States and Puerto Rico for fourth place, but finished ahead of Puerto Rico in the team performance metric TQB (Team Quality Balance – total runs scored/offensive innings pitched/total runs allowed/defensive innings pitched).
South Korea advances to the bronze medal game and will face third-place USA on Tuesday for the bronze medal.
South Korean starter Yuk Sun-yeop gave up one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 3⅔ innings, followed by Park Gun-woo (2 innings), Kim Taek-yeon (1 inning), and Jeon Mir (⅓ inning) in scoreless relief.
At the plate, Cho Hyun-min went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, while Park Ji-hwan went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
South Korea took the lead with two runs in the first inning.
Jung Ahn-seok singled to right and Lee Chung-heon doubled down the left-field line to put runners on first and second with Park Ji-hwan at third. Cho Hyun-min drove in another run with an infield single.
Cho Hyun-min added another run in the third inning with a double to right field.
Korea gave up a run in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead, but held on for the win.
Meanwhile, Japan and Chinese Taipei will play in the final of the tournament.