ANGOLA, Ind. (NBC) – Using the hidden ball trick relies on deception and luck… lots of luck.
Luck is just what the Trine University Thunder women’s softball team needed to pull it off.
In the NCAA Super Regionals, with a spot in DIII College World Series on the line, Trine was protecting a two-run lead with two outs and two in the bottom of 7th.
Here’s how it went down: The pitcher took the throw from the catcher and pretended to spin a throw to second to pick off the runner.
The middle infielders and outfielders acted like the throw was wild and pretended to give chase.
The pitcher acted upset, and while running toward the baseline between second and third with the ball hidden in her glove.
The runner fell for it and took off for third, and was easily tagged out.
It’s a walk-off pickoff that was made in Hollywood but this was the real thing.
Trine will pack their bags for Tyler, Texas where they’ll play Illinois Wesleyan on Thursday in the DIII World Series.