What a loss!New York High School Baseball Teams Abandon Championship With Bizarre Third-Strike Call – After Celebration Too Soon
- Hornell catcher dropped three strikes and failed to tag runners
- Pal Mak scored twice to win the match as his teammates celebrated
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Yogi Berra’s “It’s not over until it’s over” adage reared its ugly head at the New York State District Baseball Championship when one team celebrated too early and handed the title to the other team.
Hornell High went down to 5 with one strike to go against runner Palmyra Macedon (Pal Mac) in the Round 5 championship game in the town of Batavia in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. retained a lead of four. on base.
After Pal Mack scored three runs in the seventh and final inning leading up to this at-bat, the home base umpire called three strikes dropped by the catcher.
For a third strike, the batter must reach first base before being out.
Pal Mack’s batter started running to first base and Hornell’s catcher attempted to tag him, but the home base umpire ruled the runner safe.
Hornel’s (grey pants) third attack on Palmyra Macedon (white pants) fails, beginning a chain of events leading to Hornel’s devastating defeat.
After dropping three strikes, Hornell’s catcher untagged and the umpire declared him safe.
Hornell players ran to the mound to celebrate as the Pal Mack runners circled the bases.
The first hitter (center, white pants) ran with all his might and returned home to win the game.
The referee debated the incident and awarded the victory for Palmyra v Macedon
Instead of throwing to first base, the catcher ran to the mound to celebrate with the pitcher, followed by his teammates.
On the other hand, runner Pal Mack, who entered the bat at No. 2, crossed the home base and tied the score.
After the confusion of the Hornell team that interrupted the celebration, the first batter also reached home, dropping three strikes to complete an in-field home run to win the game.
Hornell players and coaches began to gather around the home plate umpire, angered and embarrassed, to argue their case.
To the credit of some Hornell players, the broadcast caught at least two players trying to find the ball to make a play in an attempt to get the attention of their teammates. It was in vain.
After meeting to discuss what happened, the referee ruled that Pal Mak had indeed won the match.
The game’s broadcaster summarized, “Wow, this has got to be the weirdest ending I’ve ever seen.”
Palmyra Macedon will advance to the state tournament qualifier and face Penn Yan High School.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/mlb/article-12134853/New-York-high-school-baseball-team-throws-away-championship-celebrating-early.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 New York high school baseball team celebrates too early to miss championship