Chungnam defeated Gwangju 5-2 in the final game of the tournament at the Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on April 28 to win the title.
Leading the charge on the mound for Chungnam, pitcher Cho Bum-joon (formerly of Kiwoom) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Runner-up Gwangju pitcher Kim Jin-woo 스포츠토토 (formerly of KIA) received the honorable mention award.
The winner, Chungnam, received 30 million won in city support, while the runner-up, Gwangju, received 10 million won. The money will be used to develop local baseball programs.
This is the second year in a row that the provincial baseball tournament has been successfully held following the first edition last year.
The Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) is pushing for the event to be included in the general category of the National Games in the future. By doing so, the KBSA hopes to promote the coexistence of elite baseball and recreational baseball, as well as expanding baseball infrastructure and the popularity of recreational sports.
Seo Deok-kyu, president of the Cheonan Baseball and Softball Association (Chungnam), who received the tournament’s Achievement Award, said, “The city-to-city baseball tournament will provide an opportunity for players who have not made it to the professional stage and those who want to make a comeback to continue their dreams of playing baseball.” “We expect it to serve as a catalyst for the creation of unemployed baseball teams and citizen baseball teams in other cities besides Cheonan Mattis in Chungnam,” he said.