Jang Hyun-seok of Masan Yongma High School led the team to the semifinals by showing off 12 strikeouts in 6 innings.
Masan Yongma High School won 6-4 against Gyeongbuk High School in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Shinsegae E-Mart Cup High School Baseball Championship held at Mokdong Baseball Stadium on the 7th.
Along with the results of the match, attention was also drawn to the confrontation between Masan Yongma High School’s Jang Hyeon-seok, who is called ‘high school’s biggest fish’, and Gyeongbuk High School’s Jeon Mi-re, who is achieving good results in both pitches with ‘Didoryu’ in high school baseball.
Jang Hyun-seok, who is 190 cm tall and weighs 90 kg, is regarded as the best pitcher among high school pitchers with a powerful fastball in the second half of 150 km. He pitched 17.1 innings in 5 games (including this game) in this tournament, recording an average earned run of 0.53 with 3 wins (undefeated) and 1 earned run. There are 29 strikeouts.메이저놀이터
‘Lee Do-ryu’ Jeon Mi-reu, who is also a pitcher, is 188 cm tall and weighs 95 kg. He has a batting average of 0.313, 5 hits and 9 RBIs in 6 games with E-Mart. He showed off his talent with an ERA of 2.65. In the match, Mir Jeon started as a starting pitcher and displayed a good pitching with 4 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 innings.
Gyeongbuk High School succeeded in gaining the first point in the top of the 3rd inning with one out and first base, and an assault hit in front of shortstop Lim Jong-seong. Follow-up hitter Lee Seung-hyun hit a double in the middle left at the end of a full-count game, giving Gyeongbuk High School a series of chances with 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base.
Masan Yongma High School starting pitcher Kim Hyun-bin followed by Jang Hyun-seok made a relief mound, but an additional run was conceded due to an infielder’s catch mistake in a narrow-minded situation when the infield grounder was playing.
The first confrontation between Jeon Mir and Jang Hyun-seok, who played as the team’s 6th batter, took place in a situation with 1 company, 2nd and 3rd base. Jeon Mi-reu pulled Jang Hyun-seok’s pitch and made the ball float to left field, and third base runner Lee Seung-hyun stepped on the groove to take a 3-0 lead.
The second confrontation between the two players took place at the beginning of the 6th inning when Gyeongbuk High School led 3-0.
With a ball count of 1B and 2S, Jang Hyun-seok had an advantage, and the deciding ball Jang Hyun-seok chose was a sharp-angled curve rather than a fast ball. The ball left Jang Hyun-seok’s hand and passed through the strike zone and stuck in the catcher’s mitt.
The third confrontation between Jang Hyun-seok and Jeon Mi-re could be seen once more in the top of the 8th inning when Masan Yongma High School succeeded in a 6-3 turnaround. Jang Hyun-seok, who pitched with a light heart after succeeding in a come-from-behind game, was full of confidence. Jeon Mi-re, who went to bat with the will to get on base somehow, broke his bat while trying to catch Hyun-seok Jang’s first fastball.
Following the first fastball, Jang Hyun-seok threw two high-dropping breaking balls to lead Jeon Mir’s bat. Jang Hyun-seok struck out Jeon Mi-re with three balls and expressed his joy with thrilling cheers.
Gyeongbuk High School succeeded in pursuing 6-4 with a timely hit by Park Kwan-woo, who broke out with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd bases in the top of the 9th inning, but that was it. Masan Yongma High School defeated Gyeongbuk High School 6-4 and advanced to the semifinals of the E-Mart Cup National High School Baseball League.