Illinois Hammerheads Baseball

Pitcher: Pop Flies

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As you get to the higher levels, the pop flies will usually be higher up in the air and most teams will teach you to just get out of there.  You basically, point and watch as someone else catches the ball.  However, at the youth levels, there are a lot of times when the pop fly will not be hit very high in the air.  If you can catch it, move to where the ball is and if nobody else calls it when the ball reaches its peak, then go ahead and call it and make the catch.  From high school level on down, I see several pop flies in the infield that only the pitcher can catch and if he doesn’t make the play, the ball is going to drop.  Be aggressive, but be smart.  If it doesn’t get very high in the air, it’s probably your ball.