You might hear “wiffle ball” and “exciting” in the same sentence and scoff. But save your scoffing until after you’ve seen the video of the stunning catch that stopped what would have been an over-the-fence home run.
Let’s set the scene.
It was Saturday at Little Fenway — a quarter-size replica of Fenway Park — in Essex, Vermont. The Hardshells were up to bat with the Crusaders leading the game 3-0. In the top of the seventh with two outs, the pitcher threw the perforated ball. The hit would have knocked the ball out of the park if it weren’t for Konner Flemming.
Flemming’s quick reflexes had him jumping into the air for the catch, but momentum carried him onward head-first over the fence.
“Oh, and robbed with a miracle catch,” the announcer for the game can be heard saying as fans cheered. “The best catch I’ve ever seen here at Little Fenway.”
Watch the clip:
But wait. Did it really stop the home run? It might be easy to miss among all the celebrating, but the umpire is circling his finger indicating it was still a home run.
USA Today reported that a home run was the initial ruling, but after reviewing the tape, officials reversed the call.
As of Tuesday morning, footage of the amazing, game-ending catch was trending as the second most popular video across the nation on YouTube’s Trends Map.
The event occurred as part of a fundraising tournament for the Travis Roy Foundation, which raised more than $500,000 for spinal chord research over the weekend.
Although the Crusaders might have had an amazing catch, the Boston Beef ended up as the tournament’s overall champions.