That preposterous catch you see above was made by Lower Columbia College (Wash.) outfielder Derrick Salberg, whose backwards leaping grab over the outfield fence saved an LCC victory over Everett College on Friday in the first round of the NWAACC Baseball Championships. With LCC nursing a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, Salberg’s catch robbed Everett of a game-tying homer and ended the game.
“By far the best catch I’ve ever made,” Salberg told The Daily News. “I was waiting for the bullpen pitchers to tell me I was getting close to the fence. Thank God I didn’t run into the fence and I’ve got some hops.”
Salberg added this on Twitter:
God damn…my back is sore
— Derrick Salberg(@DerrickSalberg5) May 26, 2012
That can happen when you go full airborne blindly over fences to make catches that win playoff games for your team.
H/T The Big Lead