Wow. Just wow.
There are very few times in my life where I honestly am amazed by a sports video anymore, but this play by Lower Columbia College left fielder Derrick Salberg blew my mind.
This play is like a video game mixed with a movie and dreamt up by an 11-year-old; it’s just too impressive to fathom.
Let me set the scene so you understand the excitement of the situation. This was the first round of the NWAACC Baseball Championships, taking place in Washington. Lower Columbia College was leading Everett Community College 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With Everett’s DH Keone Kela at the plate, a man on base and two outs, tensions were high for both teams. As the pitch came, Kela belted what was a sure home run.
That’s until Derrick Salberg got a glove on it.
With a lower fence in the outfield, Salberg followed the ball and timed his jump over the fence perfectly; as if he practiced the move hundreds of times.
There are times when broadcasters say a fielder went all-out for a play and stretched his body as far as it could go, but this play was the definition of going all-out.
After completing the catch, the initial thought was there is no way that is real or that it really happened in a live game, but it did.
Even the umpire making the out call looks stunned.
This has to be the No. 1 contender right now for best play of 2012.