Here’s something you don’t see every day, and it is bringing a Sandy Springs boy lots of attention.
The shortstop in the video is Ross Bernath, and what you’re seeing is an unassisted triple play, a feat so rare it has only been accomplished 15 times in Major League Baseball history, according to Baseball-almanac.com This week, Ross’ accomplishment was featured on ESPN’s daily highlight reel. The game took place at Chastain Park in Buckhead.
His father Eric, who coaches Ross’ little league team, The Braves, said he uploaded it to YouTube a week ago for family and friends.
“I got an email last night from ESPN they wanted permission to use the video and I told them sure,” Eric said. “I guess it caught fire when they put it on their top plays of the day.”
In the video, Ross, playing shortstop, caught a line drive for the first out. He then stepped on third base to force out a runner who had headed home for the second out. He then spun around and tagged a runner headed from second to third, making the third out.
Eric called it, “Just a great play on his part.”
Ross, 6-years-old, is a student at Davis Academy in Sandy Springs. Eric said his son is excited by all the attention but doesn’t know if his son understands the significance of what he did.
“He knows it’s a pretty big deal,” Eric said. “He was just smiling. He couldn’t believe it.”