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article imageBaseball: Six year old makes unassisted triple play

By Larry Clifton     May 10, 2012 in Sports
If you want the job done right, do it yourself. The well-worn cliche seems to fit the attached video showing a 6-year-old shortstop perform an unassisted triple play.
The amazing video was brought to Prep Rally's attention by Deadspin and originally circulated on Reddit. In it, Ross Bernath makes a play matched by only 15 professional players in the history of baseball. Only one such unassisted triple play has occurred during the World Series; it happened in 1920 when Cleveland Indians second baseman Bill Wambsganss delivered, according to a Yahoo Sports article.
Ross was playing shortstop on a youth baseball league in Georgia. The league's Dodgers and Braves teams - first-grade division - were squaring off when the Braves player wowed the crowd with his smooth action. After a Dodgers player popped a floater to to Ross, he makes the catch, races back to touch third base and then tags the runner coming toward him from second base without assistance from his teammates.
The distance between bases are much longer in major league ball, making the six-year-old's feat even more improbable.
It seems to take time for the significance of the play to register with teammates as well as Ross Bernath; the boys appear puzzled about exactly what had occurred, although a coach can be heard shouting "triple play." With things happening that fast, it's entirely possible that the players didn't realize the half inning ended abruptly with the three outs Ross delivered in one sweeping play. In any case, it's a rare baseball-ready play that Ross will likely remember for a lifetime thanks to YouTube.
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