College of Charleston infielder Nick Pappas was on the receiving end of a cruel joke on Friday night. Well, maybe it wasn’t a joke, but it was certainly embarrassing when Florida nailed Pappas with a classic hidden ball trick.
Pappas was on second base when Florida pitcher Logan Shore stepped off the mound to “tie his shoe.” Pappas stayed on the base while the “shoe tying” was going on, but he took about a half step off as Shore was standing up to put his glove back on. At that point, Gators shortstop Richie Martin tagged Pappas with his glove. Yup, Martin had the ball the entire time.
The turn of events was every Little League coach’s nightmare. Fortunately for Pappas, College of Charleston went on to win win the game and would later advance in the NCAA Tournament. Florida has been sent home early, but at least they’ll always have the hidden ball trick highlight.
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