It is not very often that a play made during an Army softball game finds its way onto these pages. In fact, it may well be that it has never actually happened before.,
But, there is a first time for anything. Especially if the play is one of the best you will see in any sporting event this year (or maybe ever).
You may or may not have seen the play in question by now as it has gone stunningly viral with over 213,00 views on one YouTube video alone as of the time of this post (5/18/16). If not, here is a breakdown of the play.
It starts off with no hint of the drama to come. A shallow single to center field is difficult to score on, but Army senior Kasey McCravey is fast enough around the bases to give herself a chance on the play. The throw home however is very good. It sets the catcher up in just the right position to block the plate and make the tag. Watching the video you can see McCravey setting herself up for a hook slide to try to get outside the reach of the catcher. This is where the fun begins.
Most players would simply attempt the slide having already committed to it with their body position and angle of approach to the plate. McCravey however sees that she has no hope and luring the catcher into position she leaps over the crouched figure, falling back in one motion to touch home plate with her outstretched hand.
This is not a play you can practice. It is not a play you will likely ever see again. To have the forethought to score the run here, assessing all the variables in a split second and making a move no one could have expected, is truly extraordinary.
Kasey McCravey we salute you for throwing down one of the best plays the sports world will see in 2016. The only change needed here is from the announcer who, maybe shocked by what he just sw, doesn’t even begin to do the moment justice with his commentary.