Utah high school softball player makes insane over-the-fence catch. Should it count?
A Utah high school softball player made one of the most impressive catches you'll see.
But should it count as an out or a home run?
According to local television station KSL, Olivia Taylor was patrolling center field for the Bear River Bears on Saturday during the 4A state championship game against the Tooele Buffaloes when she tracked a ball that appeared ticketed to be a home run.
Taylor sprinted to the makeshift fence – loosely held up by stakes and tape – and leaped through it to haul in the ball while backflipping. She held her glove up in triumph and smacked the ground with her other hand in celebration before coolly picking up the sunglasses that had fallen off her head during the acrobatics.
As of Sunday afternoon, the video from KSL has 2.7 million views on Twitter.
CATCH OF THE YEAR!!! Watch Bear River Center Fielder Olivia Taylor going airborne, clearing the fence to make this catch in the @UHSAAinfo State Championship game. @KSLSports l @BRHSinfo l @BearRiverCoachpic.twitter.com/9aw1f1Fhu5
Some would say (including this reporter) that Taylor's catch is legal because her feet were still in play left the ground. It's not her fault the fence is constructed that way! Others might say it shouldn't count since she left the field of play to make the grab.
Bear River dropped the opening game of the three-game series but defeated Tooele twice on Saturday to capture the title.
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