Over the past couple weeks, I have had the opportunity to photograph a couple of season ending tournaments. The first was the Opening Round of the NAIA Tournament hosted by the Bellevue University Bruins - eight games. The second was the Big East Baseball Tournament hosted by the Creighton University Bluejays - six games.
The photo above was taken in the first inning of the first game of the two tournaments. As soon as I took the image, I had a feeling it might be tough to capture a better image in the entire tournament. At least I set the bar high early on.
Another keeper was this image where the batter was hit in the abdomen by a pitch. You can see the ball grazed and scrunched up the jersey.
I noticed a new trend among some players to not button up the buttons on their jerseys all the way to the top, especially by pitchers. It leaves a distracting look that I would think would bother batters, but in both tournaments, the pitchers were allowed to continue to pitch.
Another new trend seems to be "unique" celebrations after scoring runs. I have no words to describe this action.
Of course, not baseball tournament would be complete without the dog pile by the winning team after the final out, and the team photo with the trophy. Above, from the Bellevue tournament. Below, from the Big East tournament.
Next up, the College World Series in a couple weeks!