“When I first took office, I didn’t know that I would be able to achieve results in such a short period of time.”
Cheongdam High School is a specialized high school located in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do. The baseball team was founded in 2016. Although the history is not long, Cheongdam High School has accomplished many things in a short period of time. Even in the early days, it was urgent to solve the problem of supply and demand of players, but now its status has changed. As the number of players who joined the pros increased after achieving good results in national competitions, it became a school that players come to on their own.
Last year, Cheongdam High School swept the national championships with a ‘storm’. He accomplished the miracle of winning runner-up in the 76th Golden Lion Competition. It is a feat achieved in 6 years since its founding. As good as the national championship results were, the draft performance was also excellent. Only 4 pros joined. Pitchers Ryu Hyun-gon and Jeong Jin-ho were nominated for SSG Landers and kt Wiz, respectively, and infielders Kim Min-ho and Choi Won-joon also wore Samsung Lions and Hanwha Eagles uniforms.
SPOTV is making a ‘high school baseball series’ to revive high school baseball and spread the boom. In the meantime, it has delivered fans the pure passion of high school baseball and the excitement of a drama without a script, such as live broadcasting of the five major national tournaments as well as introducing the best prospects in high school.
This season also came to the ‘High School Baseball is Hope’ corner. Since last year, SPOTV has been providing small gifts to schools that are creating dreams and hopes and writing touching stories even in poor environments. This year, SPOTV NOW vouchers are presented. Cheongdam High School, which achieved a miracle, was chosen as the first protagonist. 안전놀이터
Captain Song Hyeok-joon, who recently met with SpotTV News at Cheongdam High School, said, “Last year, I also received a SPOTV NOW pass because I was runner-up in the Golden Lion. It was nice to be able to watch high school baseball broadcasts as well. I am grateful to have received this pass this year as well. His role model is Kim Ha-seong, who plays for the San Diego Padres. His exciting swing is attractive. He didn’t win the Gold Glove, but his defense is good too. Watching the major league broadcast, I will work hard to be like Kim Ha-seong,” he smiled brightly.
◆ Runner-up in national competitions, production of professional players…“The status has changed”
Cheongdam High School’s baseball team has been showing rapid growth since the appointment of manager Yoo Ho-jae. Even when coach Yoo took the helm of Cheongdam High School in 2019, there were only eight people. I was busy scouting players who could play in the game, and little by little I created a ‘baseball club-like baseball club’. Regardless of their ability, they brought in sincere players, and the coaching staff did their best to guide them. In this way, Cheongdam High School achieved runner-up in 7 years since its founding.