“I should be batting, but I’m in trouble” ‘Super talented’ first-year MVP has manager worried, but will a two-hit wonder emerge next year?
Ahn Ji-won (16), a first-year student who won the tournament MVP and led Busan High School to its first Golden Lion title, has revealed her dreams of becoming a two-hit wonder.
Busan High won its first Golden Lion title with a 12-3 victory over Sunlin Internet High School in the final game of the 77th Golden Lion National High School Baseball Tournament and Weekend League King of the Weekend at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on 29 April.스포츠토토
Leading the team to victory was Ahn Ji-won, who is only a first-year player but has been a regular starter. She started in right field at No. 2 and went 4-for-4 with three doubles, a triple, an RBI and a run scored. In six games, she batted 5-for-6 (18-for-10) with nine RBIs, nine runs scored, one stolen base and a 1.322 OPS, and swept the Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Hitter and Most RBIs awards.
In a post-game interview, Busan Go head coach Park Kye-won said, “She did an amazing job. Ahn Ji-won actually enrolled as a pitcher. She still wants to be a pitcher. However, the second and third year pitchers are thick, so I suggested that she try batting for a year to get a chance to play. She readily accepted, and that’s how we got the big break today,” he laughed.
Ahn Ji-won made it clear that she wants to be a two-hitter from next year. “Koo Jong throws a fastball, slider and curveball. My fastball reached 139km/h and 140km/h in middle school. Right now, I’m not pitching at all and focusing on hitting. But I want to pitch from the second grade onwards,” he said.
Coach Park Kye-won is worried about Ahn’s determination to pitch. Coach Park Kye-won laughed, saying, “Ahn Ji-won has a great desire to pitch,” and said, “I have to hit the bat, but I’m in trouble.” Ahn Ji-won happily expressed her worries.
Ahn Ji-won replied, “I have a good shoulder, but it’s a little disappointing to be a hitter. I still want to be a pitcher. As a pitcher, Shohei Ohtani (Angels) is my role model. I don’t know of anyone else who can pitch and hit as well as him, but I can do it. I’m determined to work hard and become as good as him.”