“Thanks to the advice of my colleagues.”
The “genius” Kang Baek-ho, 24, finally broke his silence. He broke the silence with a cool hit. And the South Korean baseball team had something to smile about.
Kang Baek-ho went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored while batting sixth in the lineup against Thailand in the final Group B baseball game of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Wednesday at the Xiaoxing Baseball and Softball Center in Xiaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China.
It was Kang’s first hit of the tournament. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in the first game against Hong Kong and was silent in the second game against Chinese Taipei, going 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
Against Hong Kong, he had a big hit in the third inning, but it was caught in the outfield. Against Chinese Taipei, he had a big hit that was blocked by the defense.
I had the impression that something wasn’t working. Kang Baek-ho himself could not help but feel discouraged, especially against Taiwan.
Against Thailand, it was different. After batting fourth, he dropped to sixth to start the match. He didn’t get off to a great start. In the bottom of the first inning, I batted first with two outs. He struck out swinging on a slow ball.
He looked like he had a lot of energy. I could tell he wanted to do well, but it wasn’t working out. In the bottom of the third, he led off with a single to left field.
In the fourth inning, he finally broke through, with his team leading 10-0 and runners on second and third. That’s when he hit a clean single to right. Both runners scored to make it 12-0.
Baek-ho Kang’s first hit of the tournament. It came in his 11th at-bat after going 0-for-10. It was his 12th hit in as many at-bats.
After the game, Kang said, “Yesterday’s result against Taiwan was not good. I didn’t play as well as I had prepared. We still have a chance. We’ll do a better job today. The people and fans are supporting us. We will do a good job,” he said.
“I feel very sorry for my players. I batted fourth and didn’t do well. I’m going to put a lot of pressure on the younger players. They were worried about me a lot. I felt good when I got a hit, and the support from the fans was great. I’ll try to do a good job now,” he added.
It was tough when things didn’t go your way. “We tried to do our best, we worked hard. All the players did their best. We were really upset that it didn’t work out, and I think we showed it early on. We have to show the rest of the game,” he said.
“We have to go to the final. Whether it’s against Taiwan, Japan, or any other team, we’re going to make them smile. We’ll give you a good game,” he said.
In fact, Kang Baek-ho looked different on this day. At the plate. He basically prepares to hit with his feet at the back of the batter’s box. He’s stepping on the line.
He started the day the same way. But then he changed his position. I moved forward by a foot or two. The Thai pitcher’s ball is slow, so there’s no problem with hitting in front. It’s always necessary to hit according to the situation. There was also a sense of urgency to do something about the situation.
“My teammates were worried about me,” Kang said. They gave me a lot of feedback, I listened to them, and I got a hit today. The result came out. I’ll use today as an opportunity to get better. I will contribute to the team in the next game, the next game, and more importantly, the next game.”
In the end, Kang Baek-ho would have to do it. Yoon Dong-hee, the last player to board, is hitting hard, and Noh Si-hwan and Moon Bo-kyung are also good. Table setters Kim Hye-sung and Choi Ji-hoon are also doing well. Kang Baek-ho is more of a ‘final puzzle’.토토사이트
He may have dropped to No. 6, but Kang Baek-ho is still Gang Baek-ho. Coach Ryu Jung-il is also a big fan of the No. 6 batting order. He calls it a “bomb batting order. There are quite a few chances in the sixth spot.
Kang Baek-ho doesn’t have to bat fourth, but it’s best if he bats sixth. Now we have a hit, but it’s not just a single.