The 78th Cheongryonggi National High School Baseball Championship and weekend league Wangjungwangjeon (co-hosted by 메이저놀이터 the Chosun Ilbo, Sports Chosun, and the Korea Baseball Softball Association) is definitely Kang Tae-wan (18, Daegu Sangwon). In the first round of the tournament against Miryang BC, he scored five hits (one home run) and five RBIs in five at-bats (one home run) and four runs in the second round against K-pop Korea Go at Mokdong Stadium on the 16th.
Kang Tae-wan, who played as the sixth batter and first baseman, started with a superior solo shot in his first at-bat in the bottom of the second inning with his team leading 2-0. In the bottom of the third inning, when it became 4-0, he added an RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field with one out and runners on second and third bases. In the bottom of the fourth inning, a fly to right field put a brake on the consecutive hit streak, but in the bottom of the sixth inning when it was 8-1, he added an RBI with a priority double, helping the team meet the cold win requirement in the seventh inning.
Kang Tae-wan, 1m86, left-handed hitter, is a versatile player who can play first baseman, right fielder, and pitcher. He started playing baseball in sixth grade of elementary school, somewhat later than other players. Kang Tae-wan, who went to Daegu Sangwon Middle School through Wondong Middle School in Gyeongsangnam-do, has a batting average of 379 (33 hits in 87 at-bats), 2 home runs, 22 RBIs, 13 steals, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.003. Prior to this tournament, the ability to produce long hits was considered somewhat disappointing, but it is drawing attention as it has grown to the extent that only one out of seven hits made in the Blue Dragon Flag. Head coach Kim Seung-kwan, who is from Samsung and Lotte and leads the Daegu Sangwon, said, “I used to have a lot of upper body strength since I became a third grader, but as that has improved a lot, my long shot has improved.” He is also handsome,” he said with a smile.
Looking back on the first-round cycling hit, Kang Tae-wan said, “I was congratulated by many people. “At first, I was dumbfounded, but as time went by, I realized it little by little,” he said. He said, “I controlled my condition well, and I think playing with confidence at bat leads to good results,” adding, “The team’s biggest goal in this tournament is to win.” “If I add strength with good performance, I think I will follow the individual image,” he vowed to promote.
Daegu Sangwon advanced to the third round (round of 16), beating K-POP High School in Korea. In the previous game, Gyeonggi Commercial High School beat Kyungdong High School 8-2 to advance to the third round, while Ushin High School, Seoul High School, and Pohang Steel High School also beat Kaesong High School, Onyang BC, and Bundang BC, respectively.