ACC: Reading the Little League rulebook pays off

By Glenn Tanner - May 24, 2007

In the middle of the 8th, Virginia now leads Georgia Tech 2-1, and this time they worked Small Ball to perfection.

Brandon Marsh led off with a single, stole second, and moved to third on a grounder to the right side. With the GT infield playing in, Brandon Guyer hit a grounder past third for the tie-breaker. Guyer stole second for Virginia's 125th steal of the season, a school record. GT's Chris House ran down a blast into the left-field corner for the final out of the inning.

In the 7th, for the second time in a week I saw a play you rarely see above Little League. Last Friday, Texas A&M's Parker Dalton swung at a two-strike pitch that hit him in the arm. The ball bounced away, and the runner on third ran home. If you've ever umpired Little League, you know that rule because that play happens all the time -- it's a strikeout and a dead ball. And the batter's mother usually comes up behind you at the backstop and tearfully asks why her son who was hit by the ball doesn't get to go to first.

Well, Georgia Tech's Tony Plagman swung at a two-strike pitch that hit him. (To his credit, he tried to check his swing and the curve ball hit him in the foot.) The ball bounced away, Plagman ran to first, and the runner on second moved to third. For a change, I sounded really smart to everybody else in the press box when I explained what was going to happen. GT coach Danny Hall didn't seem too happy to have his batter called out and his runner sent back and discussed it with every umpire on the field.

Maybe Hall has never umpired Little League... And I didn't see Plagman's mother.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 07:01 PM on May 24, 2007

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