— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) August 1, 2016
The host team’s opener at the 2016 Senior League World Series featured a blown 8-1 lead and a walk-off infield single in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was a catch to end the opening frame that stole headlines.
With two on and two out in the national Little League tournament for 15- and 16-year-olds, San Antonio’s Clay Kotzur blooped a ball down the left-field line that seemed destined for foul ground and another swing at giving his Capitol Park Little League squad an early lead. Except, Mark Mailloux of host Bronco-Hermon Little League made a miraculous diving catch to get his team out of a first-inning jam at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine.
Building off the momentum, Bronco-Hermon jumped to an 8-1 advantage, keyed by Mailloux’s bases-clearing drive to right center, only to watch Capitol Park tie the game in the top of the seventh. But Bronco-Hermon’s Alex Applebee drove in the winning run on an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
After all that, though, it was still Mailloux’s catch that reached No. 2 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list on Monday.