Busan Technical High School-Yarogo BC exchanged 39 walks… What happened to high school baseball?
Yarogo BC played the first round of the 77th Golden Lion National High School Baseball Championship and weekend league against Busan Technical High School at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 15th and lost 10-14.
The 10 Yarrowgo BC hitters who played in the game got 25 walks, 21 walks and 4 hit balls.
The 25 pitches are the highest in the history of the four major high school baseball tournaments (Golden Lion, Presidential Cup, Phoenix, and Blue Dragon).
However, if you expand the scope to the entire weekend league, in the game on May 12, 2019, Raongo won 25 balls against Soraego.
Donga Ilbo,안전놀이터 page A18, July 1, 2000. There is also news that Gyeonggi High School’Oh Seung-hwan’ hit a home run.
Previously, in major competitions, Bucheon High School scored 21 balls against Cheongwon Information High School (currently Cheongwon High School) in the quarterfinals of the Golden Lion in 2000, the highest record.
In this game held at Dongdaemun Baseball Stadium on June 30, 2000, after two outs in the top of the second inning, 11 batters from Bucheon High School scored four balls in a row and scored 8 runs without a hit.
If you look closely at the Dong-A Ilbo page above, you can see that the highest record was 28 sand dunes exchanged between the two teams.
Even if he only got 4 sand balls at the Busan Technical High School that day, he could set a new record.
The 77th Golden Lion National High School Baseball Championship 1st Round Busan Technical High School Record Sheet. Korea Baseball Softball Association website
On this day, Yarogo BC pitchers gave up 14 pitches (12 walks, 2 hit balls) against Busan Technical High School.
Both teams traded 39 pitches. It is, of course, the highest record in high school baseball history.
Until this day, the record was that Bibongo (20) and Dongsan High (18) exchanged 38 walks in the first half of the 2018 weekend league.
Based on major competition standards, Jemulpogo (18) and Yatapgo (12) exchanged 30 in the round of 16 of the 2020 Presidential Cup, the most ever.
A press release from the Korea Baseball Softball Association explaining the ‘robot referee’ strike zone. Association website
The first reason this happened is the introduction of an automatic ball-strike judging system, commonly referred to as a ‘robot referee’.
The robot umpires are not yet perfect, and the pitchers are shaking as the ‘discretion’ of human umpires disappears.
Also, the increase in the number of high school baseball teams may have had an impact. Even in the major leagues, when a new team is formed, the record that increases the most is the sasa ball.
So don’t be too surprised if the high school baseball records are broken one after another this season.