Though Team Korea will not be advancing to the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic, they sure ended things in style.
Pool B officially came to a conclusion on Monday.
And though Team Korea was already not going to reach the quarterfinals, the game was still important.
If they had lost, it would have knocked them into a three-way third-place tie and created a chance that they would need to qualify for the 2026 WBC.
Fortunately, they took care of business, scoring 22 runs against Team China and ultimately ending the game early thanks to the mercy rule, with MLB stars such as Ha-Seong Kim and Jung Hoo Lee leading the way.
On Twitter, the WBC account posted a graphic featuring the final score.
Team Korea wraps up Pool B play with a #WorldBaseballClassic record of 22 runs in a single game! pic.twitter.com/35pJCA3glP
— World Baseball Classic (@WBCBaseball) March 13, 2023
It may not have been enough for Team Korea to advance to the quarterfinals, but it was enough to ensure that they would walk away with their heads held high.
The team scored two runs in each of the first two innings before putting up an eight-spot in the third, a six-spot in the fourth, and a four-spot in the fifth.
The final score of the game was 22-2.
And so, Team Korea sent Team China home with a bitter taste in their mouths.
Pools A and B are now complete.
Pools C and D began their schedules on Saturday and will wrap things up on Wednesday.
The final game of the WBC, which will be the championship matchup, will take place on Tuesday, March 21.
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