KT Wiz fans will likely reminisce about 2023 for a long time.
KT fell to last place due to a series of bad news, including injuries to key players at the beginning of the season, but they fought back with great momentum and finished the regular season in second place.
In the final game of the KBO League regular season held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 10th, KT thrillingly secured second place by creating a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the 9th inning with a heavy loss.
KT coach Lee Kang-cheol looked back on the game and this season, saying, “It was a magical victory and a magical season.”
KT continued to fall early this season. There was a series of gloomy news, possibly due to the crushing defeat at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which was led by manager Lee Kang-cheol.
Domestic ace So Hyun-jun was on the operating table due to an elbow injury, and main hitter Kang Baek-ho continued to perform poorly. KT continued to lose until early June and fell to the bottom.
KT, which was showing the worst performance, has risen sharply and risen to the top since mid-June when injured players returned.
KT players did not give up even in the worst situation, and eventually won a direct ticket to the playoffs.
This day’s game seemed to represent this season. KT was behind 1-2 until the top of the 8th inning and was in deep defeat. However, KT won the game by turning the score around 3-2 with a timely hit from the designated team in the bottom of the 8th inning.
The game did not end easily. KT lost the game to 3-4 in the top of the 9th inning as closing pitcher Kim Jae-yoon was shaken and gave up a comeback.
However, in the bottom of the 9th inning, Hwang Jae-gyun hit a thrilling solo home run to left-center, and Kang Hyun-woo followed up with a walk against the opposing team’s closing pitcher Jeong Cheol-won, giving the team a 5-4 victory.
바카라사이트Hwang Jae-gyun, who hit a dramatic tying run in the bottom of the 9th inning, met with reporters after the game and did not hide his joy, saying, “This is KT baseball.”
He said, “Our team is tightly knit around veteran players,” and “I think we have become a strong team as our unique team atmosphere continues.”
He then did not hide his expectations, saying, “If we continue the current atmosphere into the postseason, we will definitely be able to win the Korean Series.”
KT, which confirmed its second place in the regular season with this victory, enters a long preparation period. KT, which was the first among the 10 teams to play all 144 regular season games, will begin preparing for the playoffs for about two weeks.
KT coach Lee Kang-cheol said, “We had a difficult start at the beginning of this season, falling to last place, but we won the last game and confirmed second place,” and added, “It is fortunate that we have enough time to prepare for the postseason.”
Captain Park Kyung-soo said, “Honestly, I felt that it wouldn’t be easy at the beginning of this season,” and added, “I think the entire team came together well and overcame the difficulties.”