The “Miami Grand Illusion Play” Lives!

Something different than politics:

Trine Softball Wins Super Regional With Hidden Ball Trick Play!

With two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the 7th and final inning, Trine Junior Catcher Victoria Porter threw the ball back to Senior Pitcher Kate Saupe. Saupe faked a throw to second and several infielders and outfielders sold the fake by diving and sprinting towards the outfield fence. The Geneseo baserunner took off for third and Saupe, still holding the ball, tagged her out to win the NCAA DIII Super Regional Championship. Trine advances to the Championship round in Tyler, Texas next weekend!

That play is a variation of the University of Miami “Grand Illusion” play from the 1982 College World Series.

1982 – One of the greatest College World Series moments. The ultimate hidden ball trick pulled off by the Miami Hurricanes. Wichita State’s Phil Stephenson gets caught on the perfectly orchestrated ruse.

We love the first base umpire’s reaction at the 0:54 mark as he too seems to be confused as to what is going on and where the ball is.

The classics never really go out of style.

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