Watch: High school batter catches pitch to avoid being hit

Sunday April 26th, 2015

Here's a new, and possibly risky, tactic to avoid getting hit by a pitch: catch it.

That's what Jojo Odachowski, a sophomore shortstop at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, Ga., did during a game against St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.) on Wednesday. Odachowski got to take first base after the home-plate umpire accurately ruled the play a hit-by-pitch, although St. Francis ultimately won the game 2–1.

Odachowski told that he practices the pitch-catch during warm-ups, so apparently there was some element of preparation involved here.

"I was going to continue to hit [before the ump ruled a hit by pitch]," Odachowski said to "I absolutely hate getting walked."

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