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Seoul restrains Covina’s offense in win


Seoul, Korea 6  Covina, California 2

Despite having only three hits on the night, Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Seoul, Korea scored six runs and played great defense in critical situations to defeat West Zone Champion Covina, California in the final game of day two at the Colt World Series.

Seoul set the tone in the top of the first by taking advantage of a Covina error that led to the game’s first run. Min Gu Kang singled, stole second and scored when Hyeok Gyun Kwon reached on the error. On the next at-bat, Jung Seo Sim crushed a double to left field, and Kwon came all the way around from first to score (2-0). Korea scored its third run of the game in the top of the fourth, when Ho Jung Song scored Sim from third on a sacrifice fly.

Sim started for Korea and was excellent through the game’s first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Covina’s Luke Willison tagged Sim for a double. Willison tagged up, advancing to third, on Parker Miramontez’s fly ball to right, and he scored on a wild pitch during Tristan Pabieo’s at-bat (3-1). Following Chris Muñoz’s double, Ha Min Seo relieved Sim and got out of the inning unscathed. 

The line closed for Covina’s starter Raymond Northey after the fourth. He pitched well for the West Zone Champions, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Covina turned to Eliaiz Barriga, who struck out the side in the fifth, but his offense went quiet with three-straight flyouts.

Barriga walked Kwon, and Kwon took second on a wild pitch. Sim grounded into a fielder’s choice, which advanced Kwon to third. He then scored on Woong Chan Lee’s fly ball to center (4-1). Another Covina miscue allowed two more runs to score. Barriga and Willison hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fifth, and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Miramontez grounded out, scoring Barriga, representing the last run Covina would score in the game (6-2).

Min finished the game going 2.1 innings, allowing just a run on two
hits, while striking out one. He was relieved by Jun Young Park in the bottom of the seventh, who, on just 10 pitches, got the two outs he needed to close out the game. 

Willison was the game’s offensive leader, as he went 3-for-3 with a run scored.

Heading into day three at the Colt World Series 2-0, Seoul awaits Southern Illinois in Game #12 tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT/US. The Californians have a quick turnaround, as it faces an elimination Game #9 tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT/US against Greensboro, North Carolina.

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