Kohl Chambers became a household name last week.
On Monday night, the Martinez-Evans Americans’ center fielder put the finishing touches on the team’s 9-1 win over Warner Robins by making a catch and throwing to third for the game-ending double play.
It wasn’t just any catch, however.
“I followed the ball off the bat and knew it was over my head so I started running and then knew it was still going to be over my head, so I kept running and jumped and got it,” said Chambers.
The jump extended over the center-field fence, taking away what would have been a two-run homer. It also secured the Americans’ slot as top seed out of Pool B in the 2014 Little League Baseball 11-12 state tournament.
The play was captured by Tucker Sargent of WMGT 41 NBC News and played on the local sportscast and then exploded on Tuesday. It wasn’t just on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays segment, it was the top play of the night.
“It feels pretty good,” said Chambers, who added that he started flipping out when it came on. “It was one of my dreams and I’ve achieved it.”
MELL Americans’ manager Robert Peel was at dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings with the team when the segment aired.
“They all got to see it together for the first time on SportsCenter,” said Peel. “They had seen it on the local news, but they got to see it last night and it wasn’t just Kohl, it was the whole team there. Most of them were on TV and it kept with our one-team, one goal motto that we had.”
The catch grew legs on Wednesday. It was played on NBC’s Today Show and by the afternoon had replaced the World Cup game-winning goal as ESPN SportsNation’s “Best of the Best,” by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin.
Chambers was taking all of the attention in stride.
“I didn’t think it was that great a catch,” he said humbly.