Little League, Big Moment! Young Slugger Smacks Homer As Mom Is Interviewed
The Little League World Series is too often stained by controversy.
However, in the opening stages of this year's tournament, one youngster's gargantuan blast reminded us why we still love the game after all these years.
Representing South Carolina in the opening round of the 2015 Little League World Series, Gist smacked a home run that not only cleared the Williamsport fences, but went past the tall light tower in left. The ESPN announcers calling the game estimated that the homer run traveled over 380 feet. To put that in perspective, Mark McGwire's 62nd home run in 1998 traveled a mere 341 feet.
It was perfect timing for Gist, whose family was being interviewed by ESPN reporter Jaymee Sire during his at bat. Sire was interviewing Gist's mother and twin sister, and ironically happened to be asking Mrs. Gist a question about "embarrassing" her kids with her loud cheering, when she let out the biggest one of the day upon the smack of her son's aluminum bat on the ball. The home run gave South Carolina a 4-1 lead over Rhode Island, a game they would go onto win 7-1, with Gist being helped out by a no hitter from South Carolina pitching.
Gist and South Carolina return on action on Sunday afternoon against Pennsylvania.
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