Critical outfield call helps Highlanders garner 2-1 victory
Michelle Artzberger couldn't believe his luck.
The senior hit a shot to deep left field, and Elgin outfielder Holden Bartosovsky appeared to make an impressive diving catch to hand MacArthur its second out of the fourth inning. However, to the shock of most spectators and Artzberger, that wasn't the case.
Bartosovsky, according to the umpire, failed to corral the fly ball, trapping it under his glove just moments after it touched the turf.
The controversial ruling served as the Highlanders' saving grace, for Artzberger scored the game-winning run three plays later on a Rylan Webb single, leading Mac to a 2-1 win over the Owls in the Bo Bowman Tournament championship game at Lawton High on Saturday night.
"I thought I was out, so I was just kind of jogging around and getting ready to go back to the dugout, but then my coaches started yelling that I wasn't out, so I just went back to the bag," Artzberger said. "I couldn't really tell because all I saw was the back of his body and his glove, so I didn't know."
Jake Meents struck out Mac infielder Jack Smith two batters after the sequence, so had the catch stood, the Highlanders might not have tallied that terminal run.