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May 22 2013

Will - The Catch

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Will had his eleventh baseball game of the season this evening. The game will be forever remembered for "the catch." It all started out ordinarily enough with Will playing catcher.

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Throwing one back to the pitcher.

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In his first at bat, Will hit a coach-pitched ball for an easy base hit.

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I love the image of the just dropped bat as Will is checking out where he hit the ball while transitioning to running to first base; so much going on.

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A batter or two later Will was safe at third but there was some kind of miscommunication between the runner behind him and the third base coach so the runner kept going when he should have stayed at second. In an attempt to remedy the situation, the coach sent Will home which resulted in Will being tagged out at the plate.

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Will went to left field perhaps a little frustrated at being sent home only to be easily tagged out.

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Always the professional, Will shrugged it off and focused on his job. He settled into his ready position and concentrated on the game.

Now at this point you must understand the other team wasn't hitting the ball very well. Actually, that's an understatement. I don't think they had even hit a grounder into the outfield, let alone anything resembling a fly ball. I had taken a very relaxed position with my arms folded and resting on the chest high fence. My camera mounted on its monopod rested in the crook of my elbow as I casually enjoyed the game. I had taken the above two pics of Will taking the field and, given the other team's hitting struggles, it wasn't like I was going to miss anything. Certainly not anything spectacular.

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And then I heard a crack of the bat. The ball was traveling to left field...where Will was playing. I quickly grabbed the camera and pointed it at Will and clicked away. I missed getting the ball coming down but did manage to get the ball just as it went into Will's mitt. He caught it!!! During the entire season there were maybe three or four catches on his team but all of those were in the infield. This was the first caught ball in the outfield for his team this year and Will's first catch ever in a game!

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Will's great catch. I asked Will after the game what's the secret to catching the ball and he responded, "Well, first you have to move to it." And, that he did.

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Throwing his catch back to the infield.

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Now here is something you don't see Mr. Serious ever doing much...smiling during a game. Not only was Will smiling, but he couldn't wipe the smile off his face. He kept smiling most of the inning. Oh, and Will's daddy may have been yelling just a wee bit too.

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There was another hit to left field but, this time, just a grounder. Will picked the ball up while watching the runners and figuring out where he needed to throw it.

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Great form on the throw.

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Putting some serous shoulder torque on his throw.

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Next time up, Will got a base hit off the tee.

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Getting five from the first base coach.

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Crossing home plate for another run. Will's team went on to win 16 to 8 in the game forever marked by "the catch."

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