It was the Division 4 regional baseball finals in Michigan, but just because it was a high school game doesn’t mean there was any less excitement or surprises on the baseball diamond Saturday.
In fact, one move by second-ranked Beal City High School pitcher Ty Rollin against top-ranked Muskegon Catholic Central High School might require a second look to catch the trick he used to score a key out.
Just take a look at the video of the trick play in the sixth inning to see if you can spot what exactly happened:
If you missed it, this is what happened. Rollin faked a throw to second base and everyone else on the team pretended the ball went into center field as well. That’s when the Muskegon Catholic runner made for third base, but Rollin revealed he still had the ball and tagged this runner out.
According to MLive, Beal City Coach Brad Antcliff said his team used the play on three other occasions — it worked two of the three times.
“We were going to win or lose with him on the mound. I went into today thinking, if Ty has to go 10 innings, you’re going 10 innings and Ty accepted that challenge,” Antcliff said of Rollin’s game. “Other than that seventh inning when he walked the leadoff hitter, he threw a phenomenal game. I’m guessing he had 100 pitches. In the ninth inning, he was at 89. I’m like ‘how you going, good? I’m good.’ He wasn’t going to tell me any different. That was just an incredible, fun baseball game.”
Beal City ended up taking the division title, winning the game 3-1 over Muskegon Catholic.