March 9, 2018
Catching A Tiger!
By: John A. Carlos II
It was a cold night in the capital city, I had just gotten done photographing a three-day conference where I took over 4,000 images so of course, I was down to drive over an hour and photograph about 2,000 more images on that same day... no problem. I'm not going to lie, I was tremendously tired, but I persevered onward, legs ached and head splitting.
Out of all the sports in the world, Baseball is my least favorite and it kicks up a notch when it comes to photography. The sport is straight-up hard to capture, it's boring and slow, there isn't a natural break in the action where you can edit; (unless you're doing it from the field which isn't always easy.)
It was the first time that I've coved a game from this particular stadium, so the first thing that I had to overcome was getting the lay of the land, the old-timers are a great source of info for that type of wisdom, so I asked my questions and started to cover the sport that I despise.
The game was a pitchers duel, South Carolina pitcher Adam Hill had 14 strikeouts and Jacob Hennessy the starting pitcher for Clemson, took care of the Gamecocks for most of the game. Clemson took the lead with a two-run homer from a Seth Beer, it didn't look good for the Gamecocks, they trailed the Tigers late into a game which everything seemingly went against the Gamecocks, South Carolina outplayed Clemson in almost every facet of the game, but still it looked as if Clemson was ready to eek out a victory.
Jonah Bride worked a leadoff walk in the ninth, that's when Clemson made its biggest mistake of the night. Clemson pitcher Ryley Gilliam faced Jacob Olson, he squared to bunt the ball. First baseman Chris Williams ran in anticipating the bunt, but Gilliam had planned to try and pick off Bride. The throw bouncing into foul territory, Bride didn’t stop until he was on third. Jacob Olson struck out, leaving Summerville’s T.J. Hopkins at the plate, Hopkins lined out to left giving pinch-runner Danny Blair plenty of room to score from third, as Blair crossed home plate, a wave of garnet erupted from the home dugout.
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