Baseball players: Here’s your annual reminder that it’s extremely important to touch each base as you round them. Sometimes it’s the difference between a win and a loss.
That’s what Damien learned the hard way during a game at the annual Boras Classic tournament on Tuesday night. Trailing Mira Costa 1-0 in the seventh inning, Damien got an extremely timely two-run blast from Isaiah Paige, a shot which appeared to earn Damien a victory … until it was overturned because the lead-runner failed to touch home plate.
That runner was ruled out on appeal, and because he didn’t touch home plate Paige’s run didn’t count either (because a base runner can’t pass a runner ahead of him without being ruled out himself.
The unique out ended Damien’s threat and handed Mira Costa an unexpected victory, all while reminding all of Southern California — and perhaps even the rest of the country — just how important it is to always touch each base. In a game on Wednesday, Damien batter Daniel Benedict was given plenty of vocal reminders of what he needed to do after smacking a home run himself.
“Touch first base. Touch second base. Touch third base,” the Damien bench yelled at Benedict as he rounded the bases, apparently without intentional irony. The warnings were effective: Benedict’s run counted and tied a game against Loyola at 4-4.
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