The Ole Miss baseball team has one of the best highlights college baseball has seen so far this season thanks to Peyton Chatagnier.
Apparently, Peyton Chatagnier is really good at stealing bases.
The Ole Miss second baseman is pretty quick on his feet and is actually able to accomplish some pretty impressive feats as he rounds bases. Of course, it probably helps when folks forget to actually cover bases.
That was the case when the Ole Miss baseball team hosted the Alcorn State Braves Wednesday evening. The Rebels soundly beat the Braves 16-1 and Chatagnier was responsible for the game’s most ridiculous and entertaining run.
It started with Chatagnier trying to steal second. Alcorn State’s pitcher tossed the ball to first to try and get Chatagnier, but it was too late as he was already halfway to second. Alcorn State’s first baseman hurled the ball to first, but Chatagnier slid and was able to avoid getting tagged.
That’s a fine play on its own, but a far more impressive one became available when Chatagnier noticed Alcorn State had nobody covering third base. A quick double-take and then a sprint down to third and Chatagnier had quickly moved all the way to 90 feet away from scoring.
But of course, he wasn’t done there.
Once Chatagnier spotted that he had a clear path home, it was over. He gave the Rebels a 4-1 lead over Alcorn State and created one of the best highlights college baseball has so far this season.
Ole Miss baseball: Rebels second baseman Peyton Chatagnier steals second, third, and home in 20 seconds
This play is bizarre and wonderful in so many ways. While some baseball fans are patiently (or impatiently) waiting for news of their team being able to play (shoutout to the MLB lockout), college baseball is providing thrilling moments like this.
The Rebels, one of the best teams in the country, clearly looked great tonight. Of course, Ole Miss was facing an outmatched opponent, but still, they looked dominant. They didn’t really make mistakes and took advantage of every little vulnerability that Alcorn State showed.
It’ll be fascinating to see how far Mike Bianco and the Rebels can go this year. If they’re routinely making plays like these, they’ll be just fine this season.