July 24, 2021

A Utah high school softball player made one of the most impressive catches

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A Utah high school softball player made one of the most impressive catches you’ll ever see.

But should he count as an out or a home run?

According to local television station KSL, Olivia Taylor was patrolling the Bear River Bears’ center field on Saturday during the 4A state championship game against the Tooele Buffaloes when she tracked down a ball that appeared to be a home run.

Taylor ran to the makeshift fence, held loosely by stakes and tape, and leapt through it to drag the ball as she did a backflip. She raised her glove in triumph and struck the ground with her other hand in celebration before coldly picking up the sunglasses that had fallen off her head during the stunts.

As of Sunday afternoon, the KSL video has 2.7 million views on Twitter.

Some would say (including this reporter) that Taylor’s capture is legal because her feet were still at stake and they left the ground. It’s not her fault that the fence is built that way! Others might say that she shouldn’t count, as she left the field of play to catch the ball.

Bear River lost the opening game of the three-game series, but defeated Tooele twice on Saturday to capture the title.