Usually, a triple play is successful because the team that pulls off the feat executes a number of moves with almost dazzling speed. See the Brewers’ picture-perfect 5-4-3 triple killing against the Marlins as an ideal example of the way a triple play is drawn up. What Southwestern High turned in during an Illinois face off was far less efficient.
Consider this: The Brewers triple play took less than four seconds to complete. Southwestern’s far more murky 1-3-4-2 triple play took a full 16 seconds to unfold.
Of course, that hardly undermines the impressive play that Southwestern turned in, particularly because it required so many heads-up plays by individuals. There was the stone-faced stare back from the starting pitcher, who then flipped the ball to first for the routine out. If the play had ended there, it would have been a success. Instead, it sparked a cross-diamond run down, eventually resulting in a tag out at second base, which preceded an absolute bullet of a throw to the plate to complete the unlikely triple play.
That much maneuvering makes for one heck of an elongated triple play, as MaxPreps diagramed in a video which you see above. Now the rest of the country is on the clock to produce a more complicated play that ends an inning in one fell swoop.