The 2015 International Softball Congress World Tournament is going down this week in South Bend, Indiana and we already have a possible SportsCenter Top 10 play that happened Thursday night. You see what I see: bottom of the 7th, the Ai Bombers have a 2-0 lead on the New York Gremlins with two outs and a guy on second. So a home run and the game is tied.
Brennen Pokoyoway, who had struck out twice, broke up McCullough’s no-hit bid by lacing a double into left-centerfield. That brought Jovan Hanley to the plate. He took a called third strike and then swung from the heels at a McCullough rise ball above the letters – coming up empty.
Now ahead in the count, McCullough – who has the best change up in the world tournament – tried to fool the right-side hitting Hanley with the off-speed, but the pitch hung belt high, dead center over the plate. And Hanley jumped all over it. The ball took off like a rocket and looked like it was destined to land over the left-field fence.
But left-fielder Darren Kennedy had other ideas. He raced back, timed his leap and caught the ball as he crashed over the white, breakaway fence, saving two runs and possibly the game for McCullough and the Bombers.
As Kennedy ran back to the infield, he was embraced by his teammates for making such an incredible catch – maybe the best defensive play in the tournament.
How big was this win for the Bombers, who are out of Cambridge, Mass.? They entered the summer softball season ranked #8 in the world. The Gremlins started the season #2 in the world.
This win puts the Bombers into the winner’s bracket final. Doesn’t get much bigger than that at the International Softball Congress World Tournament. Makes me want to crack open a postgame beer.