Saeadang and DaeguGo will battle it out for the 51st Green Phoenix. The team is looking to win its first title since its founding in 1954, while Daegu Go is aiming for its fourth.
Saeadang defeated Daegu Sangwon Go 5-4 in 10 extra innings in the semifinals of the 51st Green Phoenix National High School Baseball Tournament at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on Saturday. Se-ad, which advanced beyond the quarterfinal stage for the first time in 20 years since 2003, is looking to win its first national title in 41 years after the 1982 Golden Lion title won by Song Jin-woo.
“The pitchers did a good job and the batters had a lot of heart,” said Bang Jin-ho, who led the team to the final in his first year in charge, after the semifinals. “The hitting came at the end and I’m looking forward to the final. We will lift the first phoenix trophy.”
In the other quarterfinal match, Daegu Go defeated Gyeongdong Go 13-5. Having won three titles in 2008, 2010, and 2018, Daegu is one win away from becoming the second most decorated team of all time. Bukil Go is the most decorated team with five titles, followed by Chungam Go, Gyeongbuk Go, and Busan Go with four titles apiece.
The long-awaited 51st Bonghwangdae Final will be held at the same venue at 12 noon on the 9th.
Saeadang’s Park Jun-sung (right) is tagged out after scoring on Shin Ha-joon’s double in the eighth inning against Daegu Sangwon High School during the 51st Bonghwangdae National High School Baseball Tournament at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on Saturday. Daegu Sangwon Go’s catcher is Kim Yoon-seong. Reporter Ko Young-kwon
After falling behind 0-2, the Seadogs rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shin Ha-joon (3 years), the leadoff hitter, drew a walk and Lee Ye-chan (2 years), the seventh hitter, drew a walk to load the bases, and Lee Jung-jae (2 years), the eighth hitter, hit an outfield sacrifice fly to bring in a run. In the eighth, after back-to-back singles by Lee Sang-mook (3rd) and Park Jun-sung (5th), Shin Ha-joon (3rd) tied the game with a single to left field.
The two teams were unable to score in the ninth inning, sending the game into extra innings. With runners on first and second base, Daegu Sangwongo scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the 10th inning, but Sejad immediately tied the game in the bottom of the 10th. Leadoff hitter Yang Woo-seok (2) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, followed by an RBI single by Kim Ji-min (3) and a sacrifice fly by Lee Sang-mook (4) to tie the game at 4-4. In the next at-bat, Shin Ha-joon was caught on a fly ball to right field, but Jeon Min-jae (1) came through with an infield single to complete the comeback. SeAd ace Kim Yeon-ju (3), who took the mound in the fifth inning, earned the win with six innings of four-hit, two-run (unearned) ball.안전놀이터
Daegu came out strong in the first inning to take an early lead. In the first inning, 10 batters reached base for a five-run big inning. Park Woo-yeol (3) led off the inning with a single to center field, followed by a single by Kwon Hyuk-bin (2), a walk to Kim Joo-won (2), and a double to right field by Lee Chan (3).
In the top of the second inning, they got on the board two batters later. With two outs, Yang Hyun-jong (2) hit an infield single to center field, but the first baseman made a throwing error and the ball dropped behind him, allowing the runner from second to score. Kwon Hyuk-bin followed with another RBI single to make it 7-0. Down 8-0, Kyungpook State scored one run in three consecutive innings from the bottom of the third to the top of the fifth to close the gap, but lost momentum in the top of the sixth when they allowed two more runs.