South Korea was blanked by the US 8-0 in the final at the U-18 Baseball World Cup at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Canada, on Sunday (local time). It was South Korea's first runner-up finish at the competition formerly known as the World Junior Baseball Championship.
|In this photo provided by the Korea Baseball Softball Association on Sept. 7, 2017, South Korea`s Kang Baek-ho celebrates during the U-18 Baseball World Cup game between South Korea and Cuba at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Canada. (Yonhap)|
South Korea was looking for its sixth world title after winning its last one in 2008. However, the team led by manager Lee Sung-ryul produced only four hits against the Americans, while it also fell apart after committing five defensive errors.
This was South Korea's second defeat to the US at the 12-team tournament that started on Sept. 1. South Korea previously lost to the US 2-0 in the Super Round, where the top three teams from each Group A and B play another round-robin action to determine finalists. South Korea won Group A with five wins to advance to the Super Round.
The latest result means the US has won the World Baseball Softball Confederation event four times in a row. The Americans now have nine U-18 World Cup titles total. (Yonhap)