Gyeongbuk High School, which is famous for baseball, embraced the blue dragon flag 30 years after Lee Seung-yeop (47) coached the Doosan Bears. Perhaps their victory in the Blue Dragon was fate. Jeon Mir (18), whose name is ‘Yong’ in pure Korean, was awarded the MVP award, and starting pitcher Lee Seung-heon (18) celebrated his birthday with 7 scoreless innings. Coach Lee Jun-ho (47), who participated as a player in 1993, the last championship, gave his alma mater the 8th blue dragon flag this time as a commanding tower.
Gyeongbuk High School defeated Water Vault 4-1 in the final of the 78th Cheongryonggi National High School Baseball Championship and Weekend League Wangjungwangjeon held at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 27th to reach the top of the Blue Dragon Flag. It is the 22nd national championship and the first national championship in 8 years since the 2015 Bonghwangdaegi victory. By winning the 8th Blue Dragon Flag, they closely followed Gyeongnam High School (9 times), the team with the most wins in the competition.
Starting pitcher Lee Seung-heon’s excellent crisis management ability and the batting line’s concentration in scoring range at the beginning of the game were the main factors. ‘Gyeongbuk High School Ohtani’ Jeon Mi-re played as number 4 and designated hitter due to the number of pitches limited and recorded the final hit at the end of the 1st inning and 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 3 at-bats. He won with 3 walks, 5 strikeouts and no runs.
It was a victory that was difficult to predict even before the competition. Although there was an ace Jeon Mir, it was evaluated that the power was relatively weak. It was a difficult situation in the final where Jeon Mir, Park Kyung-do, and Kim Byung-jun could not pitch, but Lee Seung-heon, who only pitched with the bullpen this tournament, played more innings than expected. Also, with the right hit at the right place, he won the championship after 30 years.
After the game, coach Lee Jun-ho said, “I expected 3-4 innings and was thinking of running a relief fight afterwards, but (Lee) Seung-heon threw a lot better than expected.” The ball was good at the time. Originally, it was a one-two punch with (former) Mir. The fastball and slider that came out of a taller height were good, and it reached a maximum speed of 145 km.”
Coach Lee, who led Gyeongbuk High School’s 7th Blue Dragon Flag championship with coach Lee Seung-yeop in the past, took office in 2019 and took the lead in winning the Blue Dragon Flag following the semifinals of the association’s long term (now E-Mart Bae) that year. Director Lee laughed and said, “I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel any pressure because you were looking forward to it a lot. I couldn’t sleep all night yesterday, but I think I’ll be able to sleep a little more comfortably today because of the good results.”
Jeon Mi-re, the ace of Gyeongbuk High School, was unable to get on the mound in the final match due to the number of pitches, but he started as the 4th and designated hitter and showed off his talent to the fullest.
True to the name ‘Mir (pure Korean for dragon)’ given to him by his father, he has been reborn as the best star in the Blue Dragon Age. As a pitcher in this tournament, Jeon Mir recorded 6 walks (3 walks, 3 balls hit by the body) and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings as a pitcher. He won MVP and Distinguished Service Awards.
Immediately after winning the championship, Mir Jeon said, “It’s been a while since I’ve felt this way, so the camera is new, and I want to share this joy with my friends.” Regarding his ability to receive underestimation, he said, “Such evaluation rather acted as motivation for us. Even when we practiced, we worked harder and tried to shake off our bad image somehow.”
In the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft to be held in September, Mir Jeon is mentioned as a prospect who is also expected to be nominated in the first round. Coach Lee rated his potential as a pitcher higher, but Jeon Mir didn’t want to let go of either the pitch or the other. He said, “I can’t help it if it doesn’t work, but it’s true that I still want to do both.” I don’t think I’ll be satisfied with everything I’ve done.” He continued, “As a pitcher, it’s unfortunate that I couldn’t manage the number of pitches.”
His favorite player is Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels), and his favorite team is the hometown Samsung Lions. Mir Jeon said, “I grew up watching Samsung baseball because I was born in Daegu. That’s why I liked Samsung. Ohtani is my role model. As a pitcher, I like the mentality to get into the game without fear and the stamina to be able to throw for a long time. As a hitter, I can hit a strong ball. I have a good time and I have quicker feet than I thought.”메이저놀이터
The player who performed the best in the finals was starter Lee Seung-heon, who pitched 7 scoreless innings. In this tournament, he made two mounds only with the bullpen, but in the final match, he struck out with a breaking ball that fell every time he was in crisis and did not concede a run. Lee Seung-heon is 190cm tall and weighs 95kg. He is a right-handed pitcher with attractive fastballs, sliders, curveballs and splitters.
Lee Seung-heon said, “I think today was the day. He must have seemed calm during the crisis, but he was very nervous. But when the shortstop made a mistake, I thought he would blame himself if I couldn’t stop him, so I tried to stop him from my own line, but it went well.”
Lee Seung-heon, who picked Choi Choong-yeon and Won Tae-in of Samsung as his role models, showed the best pitching on the day he was born (July 27, 2005). He smiled broadly, saying, “I think it’s the best birthday present.”