Jangchung High School won 9-2 against Gunsan Sangil High School in the round of 32 of the 78th Cheongryonggi National Baseball Championship held at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 19th and secured a ticket to the round of 16.
In the first match of the day, Jang Hyeon-seok (Masan Yongma High School) received the most attention, and in the match between Jangchung High School and Gunsan Sangil High School, it was Hwang Jun-seo. Hwang Jun-seo is a left-handed ‘top prospect’ with a strong chance of being nominated first overall if Hyun-seok Jang does not participate in the KBO rookie draft, but signs a contract with a major league club and takes on the challenge. If Jang Hyun-seok remains in Korea, Hwang Jun-seo is likely to go to the Doosan Bears, who have the second-choice pick, and if the opposite is the case, it is highly likely that he will wear the uniform of the Hanwha Eagles.
In this game, which was visited by many scouts, Hwang Jun-seo started the game first as a batter, putting his name on the starting lineup as a designated hitter, number 5, not as a pitcher. It’s not that he hasn’t come out as a hitter, but Hwang Jun-seo has never succeeded in getting on base. However, on this day, he showed off his versatility by scoring and hitting for the first time in his high school career.
Hwang Jun-seo went on base with a 메이저놀이터 walk in the first at-bat of first base at the end of the second inning when the score was 0-0. Afterwards, he stepped on second base on Yang Seung-wan’s sacrifice bunt, where he landed on third base as a number of throwing errors occurred. And he hit home through a push walk. The moment leading up to the first run following the first on-base of his high school career.
Hitter Hwang Jun-seo’s ‘pioneering eye’ continued to shine. In the bottom of the third inning with a 3-0 lead, Hwang Jun-seo entered the second at-bat with no runners and two runners. Afterwards, Hwang Jun-seo stepped on second base on Yang Seung-wan’s infield hit, but this time, no follow-up hit came out and he could not score.
The first hit came in the third at-bat. Hwang Joon-seo tried a surprise bunt against Jung Min-seong of Gunsan Sang-il High School in the third at-bat with no one on first base at the end of the 5th inning with a 4-0 lead. And as it became an exquisite batted ball that rolled between the pitcher and first baseman, Hwang Jun-seo enjoyed the joy of getting his first hit in his high school career.
In the beginning of the 6th inning, Jangchunggo warmed up in the process of conceding a run, but Hwang Jun-seo, who did not climb the mound, entered the 4th at-bat in a large scoring opportunity with 2 outs loaded at the end of the 6th inning with a 5-3 lead. A golden chance to harvest the first RBI in his career. But this time, he was struck out looking by Gunsan Sangil High School Jung Min-seong.
He’s ready to get on the mound. However, the opportunity for Hwang Jun-seo to pitch did not come. In the case of Cheongryonggi, a ‘cold game’ is declared when the gap reaches 7 points in the 7th and 8th innings. So, Hwang Jun-seo did not pitch in the round of 32.
Hwang Jun-seo, who participated as a hitter and led Jangchung High School to advance to the round of 16, said, “I tried hard to play hard without harming my teammates as much as possible, and there was a good result. Regarding the first on-base and scoring, he smiled, saying, “I felt so good when I came out (scored). Next time, I want to even score an RBI.”
It’s a bunt hit, but how do you feel about hitting your first hit? He said, “I tried to send the runner to second base safely, but I was lucky.” Regarding the cool bat flip on the second foul hit, he said, “I felt good as soon as I hit it, but I think I was a little embarrassed to be pushed back.”
This isn’t the first time Hwang Jun-seo has stepped into the plate, but on this day he personally set many records and surprised his teammates. Hwang Joon-seo said, “(After getting a hit, my colleagues) said, ‘What are you?'” “One player was sick and couldn’t come out, but I think he filled the spot well. I want to make good memories based on good results,” he said. “Today’s game I will gain confidence and go up to a higher place through ”,” he said with strength.