The fourth edition of the LG Cup International Women's Baseball Tournament opened on Thursday with Korea taking on the U.S. at LG Champions' Park in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province.
It's the only international women's baseball tournament held in Korea.
LG Electronics has been partnering with the Women's Baseball Association of Korea to hold the event since 2014, aiming to expand women's baseball in the country.
The event kicked off with an opening ceremony which incorporated Korea's traditional culture, including an instrumental performance by students from Gukak National High School.
The tournament features eight teams from seven countries including two teams from South Korea and one each from the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and a united team from European countries. It's the first time that a united European team, made up of players from France, England and the Netherlands, is competing at the tournament. A team from Japan is also participating, aiming for their 4th victory at the tournament.
Teams will compete in total of 20 games from preliminary rounds to the final on August 26 where the two best teams will go head-to-head for a trophy made specially from local Icheon porcelain.
"Team Korea will also compete at the Baseball Federation of Asia tournament in China this November, hoping to earn a place at the Women's Baseball World Cup in 2020.
Lee Min-sun Arirang News, Icheon."