Usually, a squeeze play only gets attention when it works. This one didn’t, but the runner still scored anyway. All the credit for that goes to the runner, who pulled off one of the more ingenious moves in recent baseball history, if not baseball history altogether.
The play you see above comes from Ferris (Tex.) High, where the Yellowjackets were facing off against Gunter (Tex.) High. In the midst of a tight game, Ferris was looking for a little extra run security and coach Matt Wolfe decided to employ an old school suicide squeeze to get it.
The issue was that the suicide squeeze failed horribly, with Junior Guttierez wiffing at a bunt attempt at the plate and Lorenzo Garcia finding himself caught in a rundown. Yet, instead of capitulating to the inevitable and accepting a tag out between third and home, Garcia slithered out of a tag and scored.
How? Essentially by playing dead. As the Gunter catcher neared him, Garcia went limp and collapsed, sending the catcher in question flying over him, leaving a clear path to the plate after he popped up from the ground.
Beyond being a brilliant if un-premeditated move, the run it provided was also a huge lift for Ferris, which eventually escaped with a 9-7 victory.
Naturally, the headline grabber was the dramatic feint that earned the run, which will remain in the memory of most Ferris fans for months and years in the future, we’re sure.