It's all over: We have our baseball catch of the year, and it comes from Ohio.
As covered by the Toledo Blade, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's School pitcher Joe Robie and catcher Corey Tipton combined to produce one of the more spectacular circus catches you'll ever come across. The feat of dazzling hand-eye coordination came during an 8-4 victory against Fremont (Ohio) Ross High which clinched the Three Rivers Athletic Conference title.
The play started when Ross shortstop Tyler Wolf lofted a short pop-up in front of the plate along the first base line, but too far from the bag for the St. John's first baseman to have a chance to grab it.
That left Robie and Tipton to figure out who could reach it, with Tipton getting the first shot. The catcher couldn't quite reach it, but he remained true to his name, tapping the ball into the air and keeping the out alive.
Just in time, Robie crashed in and dove for the live ball, snatching it bare handed for one of the strangest and most spectacular pop outs in recent memory.Read More »from Ohio pitcher and catcher combine for catch of the year on infield pop-up