We’ve all seen instances where a gloved fan reaches over the railing along one of the baselines and interferes with a catch.
Every now and then, a ball will scoot inside first or third base, skitter into foul territory and get picked up by an unsuspecting coach or staff member.
That’s what happened in Saturday’s Super Regional between LSU and Coastal Carolina. The Tigers had just taken a 3-1 lead in Game 1 (which the team lost, 11-8) when Seth Lancaster ripped a grounder down the right field line. As LSU right fielder Antoine Duplantis raced to the bullpen area, mentally preparing for a relay throw, a bag girl stepped into its path.
The baseball ricocheted off her shin. Then, with fans watching in befuddlement and Duplantis in a hopeless sprint to beat her to the baseball, the bat girl shot-putted it into the second row.
— Kelsey Wingert (@KelsWingert) June 12, 2016
The umpire immediately signaled dead ball and awarded Lancaster a double.
According to Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate, the bat girl was distracted by a pledge she’d made to sophomores-to-be Peyton Pharr and Andre Bellefontaine, who recognized her in the fourth inning.
“We said, ‘Hey, if you get a foul ball, throw it to us!’” Pharr told the Advocate. “The next pitch, it just so happens she got the ball and she threw it to us.”
Clearly this was an innocent mistake, underlined by the fact that the bat girl had to ask a cohort if it was indeed a fair ball.
— Jared Sylvester (@jedipimpvp) June 12, 2016
Hopefully she is the sort that doesn’t get easily flustered, but she’s no Steve Bartman. Her gaffe did not affect the game in a meaningful way, and it should make for a good story later.
“After the inning, no harm, no foul,” Pharr said. “It was pretty cool.”