“No regrets. I’ll do my best.”
That was the determination of Gyeongbuk High School’s Im Jong-sung (18), who opened the game with a two-run home run in the round of 16 of the 51st Bonghwang Daejeon National High School Baseball Tournament (co-hosted by The Korea Times and the Korea Baseball Softball Association) at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on Feb. 2. Last year, as a sophomore, he hit a home run at the national tournament and was selected to play in the High School vs. College All-Star Game in June.
However, he went into a bit of a hitting slump before the tournament, but he got back to his old self with a two-run blast. In his second at-bat, he also hit a huge two-run double, proving that he benefited from the coaching he received from Kim Sung-geun during his appearance on Choi Kang Baseball.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but it’s good to be able to finish the season with my teammates. So I’m going to focus on the present,” he said, vowing to get better as the tournament progresses.
Coincidentally, the quarterfinals will be a rivalry match against Daegu Sangwongo. “We’re missing our ace, but we’re more than capable of doing it, especially with our experience in the weekend league. I think it will be a game worth playing. I’m confident,” and asked for support from the alumni.
After hearing his student’s story, coach Lee Joon-ho showed some humility, saying, “Daegu Sangwon High School is better than us,” but he also showed his determination not to give up, saying, “Nevertheless, isn’t it our duty to do our best until the end!”토토사이트
Lim Jong-seong, who made a name for himself through his appearance on JTBC’s “Strongest Baseball,” received a one-point lesson from Kim Sung-geun at the request of then-coach Lee Jun-ho to maintain his good hitting form.