It didn't elicit the usual response of a play of such magnitude. Similar ones at the professional level are replayed again and again and again on ESPN.
But when Jill Reid went back to the center-field fence with two runners on base and reached over the fence to catch a would-be three-run home run off the bat of Oak Lawn third baseman Mercedes Leon, she might have saved the game.
Granted, L, but if not for the Reid's catch, the Griffins would have been down at least 4-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning. Instead, they seemed to get a momentum boost even though they trailed 1-0 and hadn't even swung the bats yet in 2011.
"It was a tremendous defensive play," Lincoln-Way East coach Katie Meader said. "She reached over and made the catch."
Lincoln-Way East assistant coach Katy Dammer, who helped the Griffins win a state title in 2002, had been working with the outfielders on making such plays during pregame warmups.
"I'm not sure if that makes it ironic or not," Meader said. "But we did get a chance to go through things like that before that game and then she went out and made a tremendous play."
Winning pitcher Kaycee Hart issued a two-out walk in the first and then back-to-back singles. Oak Lawn appeared to have a chance to break the game open with one swing of the bat by Leon, but Reid turned the drive into an inning-ending flyout.
"That could've changed a lot in the game," Hart saved. "Jill saved my life in that one."
Such early dramatics were almost forgotten when the Griffins tallied four runs in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. They'd make it a 5-1 game on Nikki Jarrell's fourth RBI of the game in the fourth inning and then break the game open in the fifth. Aubrey DeGroot crushed an RBI double to the wall and Hart clubbed a two-run home run to left field, and the rout was on.
Meader was able to get a lot of different players into the game, included Jenny Gray, who drove in a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Griffins a 10-run lead and enforce the mercy rule.
"It was a great opportunity to get everyone in … you don't want someone's first game to be eight games down the road," Meader said. "So it was good to start like this and loosen up a bit and get ready for our next game."