By BEN BRIGANDI
A closer look at Asia-Pacific champ Seoul, South Koreas 10-3 victory Thursday over Europe and Africa champ Brno, Czech Republic, to open play Thursday at Volunteer Stadium:
PLAY OF THE GAME: Ji Ho Park, of Seoul, stayed alive in the batters box after replays ruled he didnt fully square to bunt. He then hit the next pitch for a three-run home run and a 6-3 lead in the fourth inning.
KOREA PLAYER OF THE GAME: Third baseman and left-handed hitter Shane Jaemin Kim went 3 for 3 from the No. 8 spot, scoring three times.
CZECH REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE GAME: Lukas Maly scored his teams first run when he singled in the third inning and scored off Patrik Kadnrozkas grounder.
BIG INNING: Parks home run was part of a five-run fourth inning that saw another home run from Jae Yeong Hwang and Dong Hwan Ahn scoring on a groundout.
HOME RUNS: Park hit a 250-footer to deep left center, and Hwangs deflected off the top left corner of the TV camera tower some 20 feet above the center field fence for a 7-3 lead.
FLASHING LEATHER: Czech third baseman Ondrej Chlubna ended the first inning by snaring Ahns hard grounder and retiring him at first.
BEST EFFORT: Brno shortstop Marek Krejcirik rebounded from a fielding error where San Hoon Hans first-inning grounder rolled up his body to force out Han at second and start a double play on a grounder by Dong Wan Sin, the next batter.
WHAT IT MEANS: Europe and Africas defeat sends it into the losers bracket against the loser of Caribbean champ Humacao, Puerto Rico, and Australia chamo Perth, Australia, on Saturday at noon. Seoul plays the Humacao-Perth winner Sunday at noon in the winners bracket.
WHAT THE ADULTS SAY: This is the first time a Korean team has been here in 29 years. We just heard about this place so were just getting used to this environment, but so far, so good for me. Its very nice and wonderful, said Seoul manager Jon Wook Park.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY: I just hit confidently because our coaches told me to hit in front of home plate, and I was confident enough to make those hits, said Seoul third baseman Shane Jaemin Kim, the only player on his team able to speak conversational English.