TOPPING OFF THE SEASON — The NBA and NHL both wrapped up their seasons last week, with the Toronto Raptors clinching Canada’s first pro hoops title in the NBA era (more on that in a minute), and the Blues bringing Lord Stanley’s Cup to St. Louis for the first time ever.
But the action never stops around here.
Not even in high school softball.
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Every high school athlete dreams of winning a state title on a buzzer-beating shot, or a last-second touchdown, or even a walk-off home run.
But how about a walk-off triple play?
One high school in Michigan did just that last Saturday.
Unionville-Sebewaing was clinging to a 3-1 lead over Kalamazoo Christian in the title game of the Division 4 state championship Saturday (yes, it’s mid-June and Michigan is just ending its spring sports season).
After opening the seventh with a pair of singles, Kalamazoo Christian’s Sammy Gano smacked a liner up the middle that looked like a surefire base hit — except that the ball went right to Rylee Zimmer. The senior shortstop plucked the ball out of the air, stepped on second and hurled to first for the forceout to cap the triple play, according to MLive.com, who provided video evidence of the final play.
You can watch that stunning play here.
Archnemesis: Weed Killer?
Toronto Raptors fans have waited a long time for an NBA title.
Like, since the inception of the franchise in 1995, and they’ve suffered through bad trades, poor front-office management, and some of the ugliest uniforms in the history of the league before last week’s Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors that clinched their first NBA championship.
So Raptors fans were going to party — any way they could.
Even if they had to do so with plants.
Meet “Plant Guy,” the latest meme of NBA Twitter, who held a leafy, palm-like plant while speaking to Global News reporter Mark Carcasole during celebrations that rocked downtown Toronto.
He even got a shoutout from noted celebrity Raptors fan Drake.
Don’t try this at home
And finally, congratulations to Gary Woodland who won his first career major at 35 years old with a three-shot victory over two-time champion Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open.
We don’t mean to take away from Woodland’s accomplishment; the golfer is supremely loved by his colleagues, and he deserves the title.
But there was something else happening that really drew our attention.
Patrick Reed snaps his club over his leg on No. 18... 😳 pic.twitter.com/BnOWolZjTC— FOX Sports: Golf (@GolfonFOX) June 15, 2019
That’s Patrick Reed snapping a club over his leg on No. 18 after a third-round 72 at Pebble Beach.
The 28-year-old American rebounded well enough, finishing tied for 32nd with a 3-underperformance.
And that, apparently, includes playing without a lob wedge.