It’s one thing to blow a four run lead in the last inning to lose a title game on your own accord. That’s something you can take responsibility for and hopefully get over some day.
It’s a whole ‘nother thing to do it in this fashion, having assumed you clinched victory prematurely, only to find out that NOPE YOU DIDN’T, as illustrated by Wylie High School in this heartbreaking district championship loss at the hands of McKinney North.
The Varsity Press recapped the terrible loss for the Texas high school team:
Wylie took the field in the bottom of the 7th inning with a 4-run lead and a district championship on their minds. Their lead was cut to 2 with the bases loaded and two outs, they knew a force out at any base would end the game and the celebration could begin. Well, they thought they got the force out at second and the celebration definitely began as gloves were launched into the air and players began to embrace one another.
The only problem was that the runner was called safe at second base…and the play was still live.
Totally brutal. And exactly why it’s absolutely imperative to MAKE SURE that runner was called out before flinging gloves and hats into the air before heading into the dogpile.
A tough lesson to learn for those chicks, for sure. Gotta keep your eye on the ball (and the ump).
[H/T For The Win]