Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Junior League center fielder flips over fence for epic catch

Junior League center fielder flips over fence for epic catch

It's their fifth straight Junior League World Series championship.

The outfielder for the Kennett Square (Pa.), the East Region team in the Junior League World Series (ages 12-15), made one heck of a play to rob the opposing team, Chinese Taipei, of a home run on Sunday. Both tournaments are run by the same organization. Perhaps the catch of the year by any player in any level of baseball this season. While Taiwan's offense was hitting on all cylinders, starting pitcher Chen Chih-chieh's (陳志杰) defense kept the American hitters at bay. Not only that, he hung onto the ball after he landed on the ground following the leap, which made the catch even more impressive.

Umpires - startled by the catch - at first called Yi out.

The 13- and 14-year-olds from Chinese Taipei went on to win the game 12-1. The Chinese Taipei manager came out to argue the call, the umpires gathered and overturned the call to a home run. Maybe the big leagues should shrink the fences so we could see someone like Mike Trout make that kind of catch, right?

The champs will be honored tonight in downtown Kennett Square with a procession along State Street, starting at 6 p.m.

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