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Little League Player Nails Unassisted Triple Play

A 7-year-old White Marsh baseball player completed a rare play last week.

OUTSIDE BALTIMORE, MD -- If only Little League had instant replay.

Cristian Banks, a 7-year-old student, completed a rare unassisted triple play on May 3. Coach Marty Neff, who has been involved with the for the past 10 years, said it was the first time he's seen it done by one of his players.

It's unusual outside of Little League, as well. According to MLB.com, only 15 unassisted triple plays have been recorded in Major League Baseball history.

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Neff described the play, which lasted only seconds:

"With the bases loaded and Cristian playing third base, the batter hit a line drive that Cristian moved to his right to catch for the first out. When the ball was hit, the runners on both second base and third base took off. After catching the line drive, Cristian tagged the runner coming from second base for the second out. He then tagged third base, completing the unassisted triple play."

"We cheered when he caught the ball and were yelling for him to tag him, but the last out was instinctive," Neff said. "It was an incredible play. It took a few seconds for us to realize what had happened. Then we gathered the kids together and explained it."

Neff added that teams in the 7-8 year old range don't keep score or track wins—play doesn't get competitive until the next age range.

Cristian, who has been playing since he was 4, is a member of the council's in-house team and the White Marsh Travel Team.

"It felt awesome," Cristian said. "I was happy the inning was over fast."

Cristian's father, Jeff Banks, a officer, said he felt fortunate to be volunteering on the bench at the time.

"It was a lot of fun," Banks said. "He and his teammates had a good time, although I'm not sure how much they understood what had happened.

"In the car driving home was when it really hit him," Banks said.

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Jason May 10, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Great job! Here is another kid who did the same thing but on video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7FRw5mrWf4c
tom curcio May 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I was there watching my grandson a teammate of Christian. It wasexciting to watch. Congratulations Christian. The team is well coached by Mr. Neff and the boys know the game. Tom Curcio
J.Moller May 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This is awesome. Great for the kid. Get him a contract with the Yankees!
Alyssa Luberto May 17, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Future Star! That's fantastic, go little man!
Daniel Grieves May 18, 2012 at 06:32 AM
As a Orioles announcer might say, "Let's give that kid a contract!" Seriously, a type of play that has rarely been recorded in MLB history done by a 7-year old? This kid definitely has a future in the big leagues!

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