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Pick-off trickery leads to high school baseball division win

Pick-Off Trickery Leads to High School Baseball Division Win

We're drawn to sports because of the drama - and that includes baseball. How can you not get excited by all the home runs, strikeouts, and, in some cases, Academy Award-worthy performances?

As seen on YouTube, the runner on second takes off for third after he thinks the pitcher airmailed a pick-off throw into centerfield. However, this high school pitcher faked the wild throw, hiding the ball instead in his glove before tagging the runner for an easy out.

This key play helped Michigan's Beal City High School beat top-ranked Muskegon Catholic Central to win the division playoffs. The whole team joined in on the act.

Fox News reports the pitcher throwing his hat, the infielders diving and the outfielders scrambling were all extremely convincing touches.

Still Muskegon Catholic Central fought back, taking the game to 10 innings. But Beal City eventually came out with the 3-1 victory.

MLive says Beal City's coach Brad Antcliff gave credit to pitcher Ty Rollin when saying: "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."

According to Antliff, Rollin was even throwing 89 miles an hour in the ninth inning. That's incredible for a high school pitcher. But if baseball doesn't work out, he could always become an actor ... and follow in the footsteps of George Clooney, Kevin Costner, and Kurt Russell, all of whom played baseball before appearing on the big screen.

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gococksri June 11 2014 at 8:22 AM

Nothing wrong with that play---that's baseball. It's nothing more than another iteration of the "hidden ball" play and is done in various ways all the time. Hey, if you're a baserunner, you've got to pay attention. For that matter, the third base coach should have been screaming at the runner to stay on the bag at second.

The only thing wrong with this story is that, instead of showing the play again---and maybe in slow-motion---they kept the camera on the kid reading the story. I didn't click on the link to watch him read a story. I clicked on it to see the play.

If they're gonna' show so many videos, show the video! Don't show the talking head---nobody gives a rip about seeing him/her.

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badass gococksri June 11 2014 at 10:53 AM

Gococksri, i couldn't have said it better.

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beernsx gococksri June 11 2014 at 12:02 PM

I team in our league ran the same play in the Playoffs a few years ago. Here is a link to the video of their play. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GCeAIunXT4

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onionson June 11 2014 at 6:36 AM

Threw his hat and the team helped stage a phony play? Legal maybe but that is a poor way to play baseball.

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walt June 11 2014 at 9:38 AM

Nothing wrong with trick plays to catch the other team not paying attention to the game. Was it a legal play (YES) so there is know arguement. There are many plays to try and catch another team not paying attention. Trick plays have been being excuted longer then anyone of of us writing comments on this play catching the runner not finding site of the ball before trying to (steal) 3rd base!! Nice to see the whole team play a part to make it happen!! Nice job....

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knarfdr walt June 11 2014 at 11:05 PM

It probably took a lot of practice to learn the play and have it ready in the event a scenario like this ever comes up. They probably have a whole hat full of tricks like that. Good coaching.

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leemckenna June 11 2014 at 10:28 AM

Opposing (offensive) coach blew it (as did the umpires).


He did a jump turn pickoff to 2B. He is REQUIRED to throw the ball (not fake a throw which he did since he still had the ball).

If he STEPPED OFF the mound first (with his right foot going backwards), then that play would have been fine, OR he could have pivoted around (clockwise) stepping towards 2B and feigning a throw.

The jump turn requires that he throws the ball.

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tcugrad87 June 11 2014 at 6:51 AM

Yawn. Seriously? Not like that play has been run thousands of times.

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HCC11111 June 11 2014 at 8:18 AM

Some of you liberal asses are something else don't worry they all got a trophy in t-ball and everybody got to play

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chefjohnp June 11 2014 at 7:33 AM

Pay attention!

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Garland June 11 2014 at 9:07 AM

good coaching..

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leemckenna Garland June 12 2014 at 1:02 AM

Actually, poor coaching. It was a balk (a jump turn pickoff requires that he throws the ball).

His coach doesn't know baseball rules. Then again, neither did the opposing coach for not protesting nor the umpires since they didn't call it to begin with! Jump turn requires that he throws the ball (he did not step off the rubber "to become an infielder").

If I were that school, I'd get a new coach. And the umps should be fired too.

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forgo2 June 11 2014 at 5:10 PM

Good and fair play but in the big show I think someone would have been buzzed the next inning!

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Surf1mac June 11 2014 at 11:30 AM

I can't believe that no one has mentioned the fact that this coach pitched a high school kid for 10 innings! This is one of the main reasons we are seeing so many Tommy John surgeries in professional baseball and at other levels. I've coached for many years at all levels and to pitch a young kid this deep into a game is just not good coaching.

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Sekinu2 Surf1mac June 11 2014 at 2:21 PM

Surf not really. When I played I pitched many 10 inning games. The reason many pitchers get hurt today is from poor conditioning. You get guys who get $12 million to pitch 5 innings on a low pitch count. If you carefully condition an arm to more innings it has a positive effect. Add in this was the kids last run at the championship before moving on I am sure there was some consideration into that too.

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John Sekinu2 June 11 2014 at 4:36 PM

Yea, I'd bet there was a lot more consideration given to the nature of the game being a championship than for the health of the young man's arm. Those long innings add up over time and he will have problems if he goes on in his major league career. You didn't because you didn't have a long career. You're talking untruths and looking to get more young men into the operating room with your ignorance.

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garry.strahan Surf1mac June 11 2014 at 7:17 PM

Not the innings that matter it's the pitch count. I've had many a players have 50 pitches in 4 innings and many have 30 in 4 innings. How many pitches matters to me more.

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