Jody Brozik has captured every play of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament, and one memorable play has been viewed by a nation-wide audience.
During Milbank’s 6-5 win over Mount Vernon on Monday, a baserunning blunder was picked up and replayed on Highly Questionable -- a daily sports talk television program on ESPN.
In the fourth inning, Mount Vernon’s Jay Thaler smacked a ball into left field and Michael Buitenbos (Platte pick-up player) took off from second base to home plate. As Milbank left fielder Lance Frogner threw the ball to home plate, Buitenbos stumbled and fell face first about 10-feet from home plate. Milbank catcher Brady Krause caught the ball in front of home plate, but didn’t notice Buitenbos failed to score. Buitenbos collected himself, threw his helmet off and dove face first for home plate. But Krause turned around in time to apply the tag to Buitenbos and kept the score at 3-1. A dejected Buitenbos was left reaching for home plate as Milbank celebrated the final out of the inning.
“What was really interesting is the catcher didn’t see that he slid short and I think when you took a look at that on ESPN, they didn’t make reference to the runner,” said Brozik, who lives in Winner. “It was how did they deserve the out. The defense didn’t recognize it. So that's what the funny thing about that one was.”
Brozik uploaded the video to his Twitter account (@LiveTicketTv) and it was mentioned to several ESPN accounts. ESPN direct messaged Brozik on Twitter and asked for permission to use the video.
It was featured on Highly Questionable on Tuesday under the “Do You Question If The Fielding Team Earned This Out?” headline.
“...Now we go out to South Dakota for amateur baseball of some sort,” show host Dan Le Batard said as the video was aired.
It drew laughs from Le Batard, his father and co-host Gonzalo "Papi" Le Batard and that day’s guest Israel Gutierrez.
“It’s a Willie Mays Hayes situation here, just a bit short of the plate,” said Gutierrez, referencing the movie “Major League.”
“Get rid of the hat,” Gutierrez continued about the play. “That was the problem.”
ESPN also asked Brozik to share a file transfer protocol (FTP) file and each night Brozik will drop in clips, with the Worldwide Leader in Sports deciding if it wants to use more plays from the tourney.
With four cameras in front of him, Brozik has captured all of the action at the state amateur baseball tournament from the press box. He also captured a bang-bang play during Sunday’s Plankinton versus Crofton, Nebraska, game. Plankinton’s Alex Loes collected Austin Hegge’s single to center field and he threw out Jared Wiebelhaus at home plate on the highlight-reel play.
"We rewinded it hundred times up here and you could not tell safe or out,” Brozik said. “It was that close of a play.”
The games are live streamed on YouTube and are later archived. Brozik is the CEO of LiveTicket.TV and his network broadcasts high school action during the sports season. He has 104 schools in South Dakota under his network.