Ace had pitched flawless innings. But fumbles and smart base running put him in this do-or-die endgame position.
The home team’s rookie batter approached the plate, 0 for 2.
Swing and a miss. Strike one.
Low and away. Ball one.
High and outside. Ball two.
Killer fast ball. Strike two.
The rookie looked up, pointed his weapon toward the heavens, then tapped his cleats with it.
Resuming his stance, he nodded at the pitcher.
Ace launched a missile.
The white orb zoomed out of the park.
A hero was born.