A rare thing occurred during the April 2 high-school baseball game between the host Flint Hill Huskies and visiting Georgetown Day team in Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference action.
In the top of the second inning with senior Steve Milman on the mound for Flint Hill, the right-hander recorded a three-pitch inning. Three pitches, three outs. Many baseball games can be seen for many day, weeks or years in a row without such a thing occurring.
What made the April 2 occurrence even more unique is all three pitches were ground-ball outs to Flint Hill shortstop J.T. Landwehr. He fielded the grounders at about the same spot at medium range short and threw over to first baseman Alex Freel. All three grounders were pretty much hit right at Landwehr, who was playing at the traditional shortstop position.
One, two three. That happened fast and looked so easy.
In today’s game of baseball when the strategy of so many players and teams is to take multiple pitches during each at-bat, April 2’s one-two-three retirement of the Georgetown Day side was rare indeed and neat to see. It happened so fast, it took a few seconds to realize what had occurred.
Who knows when that might happen again for any to see.
– Dave Facinoli