In the bottom of the 9th inning, with one out and 1st and 2nd base on base, closing pitcher Go Woo-seok caught the last batter through a double play to end the game, and the players rushed to the ground, hugged each other and cheered, enjoying the thrill of their 4th consecutive win.
Kang Baek-ho and Go Woo-seok, who had a particularly hard time at the international competition, shed hot tears.
[Kang Baek-ho/National Baseball Team Infielder: I had a bit of a panic disorder for 4 months, but I’m so happy that I was able to achieve such good results. I think it was a very happy day.]
After enjoying the awards ceremony to the fullest, the players moved to their accommodations to continue their lingering memories.
I was even more thrilled because I got the gold medal after walking down a thorny path.
In addition to the 24-year age limit being applied and even their star star Lee Jeong-hoo missing due to injury, they were harshly criticized as ‘the weakest team ever’, and were completely defeated by Taiwan in the group stage, making it seem like their ‘international competition nightmare’ was coming back to life.
However, the players came together as one and overcame the crisis head on.
Park Se-woong, the most senior player, took the lead and encouraged the players by shouting out their fights, and the ’20-year-old trio’, including Moon Dong-ju, who pitched 6 scoreless innings in the finals, Choi Ji-min, and Park Young-hyun, played a leading role in the championship with world-class pitching. 먹튀검증
[Moon Dong-ju/National Baseball Team Pitcher: I think our earnest hearts came together well. I want to continue to show this good performance in the next competition.]
Korean baseball, which had been disappointed by a series of poor performances in recent international competitions, found hope by winning this tournament, which consisted of players under the age of 24.