4-24 RARE WAY 1

LARRY SULLIVAN/MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE Mooresville’s JV catcher Josh Fleming completes the turning of a rare individual double play by making the tag on a sliding base runner at third.

Granted, turning double plays is fairly routine in the game of baseball.

The way this particular twin killing was turned was anything but commonplace.

It took place during the course of a single top-half during a recent Mooresville High School junior varsity game that featured a position player for the Blue Devils being on the tagging end of puto-uts taking place on the same play but at different bases.

It bears revealing.

With one-out and multiple runners on base while Mooresville was attempting to keep the game close, JV Devils catcher Josh Fleming was positioned near home plate and received a relay throw to successfully tag on a too-late arriving base runner for the second out of the half inning.

At the same time, additional runners were also making their way around the bases. An errant throw to try and nab one of them advancing served to keep the play alive.

Fleming continued to watch the action unfolding. He proceeded to move up the foul line toward third base, arriving at the bag to catch another throw just in time to apply the tag to a runner trying to slide into base.

Though out of his normal position, Fleming was able to complete the double play that limited the foe to just a single run out the unusual situation.

Unfortunately, it was not enough to prevent the Devils from being dealt the 3-1 loss to Lake Norman Charter in a non-conference contest.

Mooresville’s junior varsity squad, out of action for more than week while observing spring break, headed back into play for this the final week of regular season play against fellow I-Meck Conference member Mallard Creek.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please keep it clean, turn off CAPS LOCK and don't threaten anyone. Be truthful, nice and proactive. And share with us - we love to hear eyewitness accounts.