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HS Catcher Absolutely Rocked in Home Plate Collision

You don't usually see decleaters in high school baseball, but that's exactly what we got in the Iowa Class 2A state quarterfinals between Denver and Wilton.

by Liam Daniel Pierce
Jul 25 2018, 3:32pm

Who said baseball isn't a contact sport? Certainly not Denver catcher Kain Eagle.

During the Class 2A Iowa state quarterfinals between Denver and Wilton in Des Moines on Monday, Wilton's Cory Anderson hit a shot over the centerfielder's head for what was initially a triple, but then an error allowed him to make a run for home. Eagle, waiting for a throw that did not come, was way up the third base line right in Anderson's path. With a full head of steam, Anderson was in no mood to stop on account of Eagle.

Just check this out:

Here's how it looked on the jumbotron:

Yuh-ikes. Anderson looks more like a defensive back out there than a pitcher—according to MaxPreps, Anderson plays wideout and cornerback for the football team, so that checks out. Eagle himself, also plays football, but he's a kicker so, uh, yeah.

The run put Wilton up 1-0 in what would eventually be a 3-2 victory. Eagle, on the other hand, had to be relieved as backstop for the rest of the game after taking that hit. And Anderson had some pretty choice words in his post-game interview. Per the Quad-City Times:

"I didn't even think I'd be going to third honestly," Anderson said. "He (coach Jake Souhrada) told me to go home, and I just kicked on the jets and made it home."

Yes, yes you did. Made it home by any means possible.