Blocking the plate is one of the most important duties any catcher can take on. It’s their responsibility and right to keep an onrushing base runner from crossing the plate, the last line of defense before a run gets put on the scoreboard.
Usually, a play at the plate comes down to simple timing; either a runner or a relay throw will get home first, end of story. Occasionally, a particularly inventive baserunner will find a way around the roadblock keeping him from a run.
The latest athlete to etch their name in such glory is one Will Floyd, a budding star at Rocklin High School in California. Faced with a surefire out at the plate during a game in a Southern California tournament, Floyd went airborne, incorporating a deft split-legged leap as he soared toward the plate.
Floyd was credited with a run after he pivoted and slapped the plate before the catcher could apply a tag.
The Rocklin senior wasn’t the first to successfully leap above a tag at the plate, but his attempt might just be the most acrobatic we’ve seen yet. He was as excited as we’ve ever seen a baserunner, too. Style points all around.