The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play each other on Sunday night at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania - the home of the Little League World Series.
The major league game will follow a day filled with Little League action across the country, and the professional players will have their work cut out for them if they want to top a highlight provided by a young outfielder in Michigan, where the Junior League World Series is held every year.
During the day's Junior League World Series game between Kennett Square and Chinese Taipei, outfielder Jack Regenye made a catch so spectacular that none of the MLB players are likely to be able to match it.
As you can see in the video below, a Chinese Taipei batter launches what looks like an easy home run to center field. However, Regenye had other plans, leaping horizontally over the outfield fence to make the unbelievable catch:
Somehow, Regenye both held onto the ball and avoided injury, an impressive feat by the young outfielder from Pennsylvania.
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The amazing play wasn't without controversy, though. According to the Detroit Free Press, the umpires flip-flopped on whether the catch was legal or not before deciding that Regenye's catch would stand as an out:
"After the Chinese Taipei manager came out to argue the call, the umpires gathered and overturned the call to a home run," the story reads. "The Chinese Taipei batter rounded the bases and celebrated his home run with teammates as the Kennett Square crowd booed.
"But then, umpires again came together and changed the call back to an out."
So, even though the catch lost a little bit of luster thanks to the umpires, the right call was made and Regenye's play will go down in the storied history of the event as one of the best catches ever made.
Unfortunately for Regenye and his teammates, Chinese Taipei rolled to an easy 12-1 victory in five innings to claim its incredible fifth-straight Junior League World Series title.
However, Kennett Square can take pride in the fact that it won the U.S. championship, beating Rutherford County 15-2 on Saturday to earn a spot in the World Series final.
The Junior League World Series is for athletes ages 12 to 15, and is held in Michigan, while the Little League players take part in their World Series event in Pennsylvania. It may be a long time before anyone makes a catch that rivals Regenye's in either event.
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