If you’ve never seen a football player take the baseball field, it isn’t always pretty.
Every fielder on the diamond better be on their toes when he comes to bat. When he’s running the bases, well, maybe get the hell out of his way. Chances are he’s lowering his shoulder and laying the boom on anyone in his path.
In an Iowa State Class 2A High School Baseball tournament, one dual-sport athlete must have forgotten which uniform he had on. He trucked a catcher and forced him out of the game yet wasn’t ejected.
He may not have even been in the wrong.
Iowa High Schooler Trucks Catcher
The Wilton Beavers were taking on the Denver Cyclones in the playoffs. Seasons were on the line. Runs were rarer than a Tony Gwynn strikeout.
Wilton hitter Cory Anderson crushed a ball over the center fielder’s head in the third inning. He never stopped running. He then promptly ran over Denver catcher Kain Eagle, who was standing in his way of home plate waiting for the ball. He didn’t even see if the kid was OK.
Anderson, who also played football at the time, was ruled safe and stayed in the game. The catcher left the game to be examined after the big shot. It’s exactly the type of thing you don’t ever want to see at home plate after witnessing what Pete Rose did to Ray Fossey.
MaxPreps posted the video of the collision to social media app TikTok, where it’s received more than 700,000 views and more than 2,500 comments.
Many commenters seemed to think the catcher was at fault for standing in the baseline. However, not everyone agreed. One former umpire said he would have ejected him for malicious contact because he didn’t need to truck him there.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations rulebook, the play clearly could have been called offensive interference because the runner created “malicious contact with any fielder, with or without the ball, in or out of the baseline.”
However, the play could also be ruled obstruction on the catcher because he hindered the runner’s ability to score while not in possession of the ball.
That looked like what the umpire ruled. Plus, Anderson said on TikTok that he wasn’t ejected for the hit. In fact, Anderson closed the game out on the mound to send the Beavers to the semifinals.
So, was the hit clean or dirty? That’s up to how you interpret the rules.