Ya gotta give this Little League World Series player an A for effort — one kid tried to shrink the strike zone as much as possible during an at-bat on Tuesday … by practically sitting in the box!!
It all went down during Mexico’s matchup against Venezuela … when second baseman Santiago Hernandez stepped up to the plate in the top of the 5th inning.
With a 1-0 count, Hernandez crouched down until he was basically in the dirt … but unfortunately for him, his master plan didn’t go according to plan, as Venezuela’s pitcher threw a strike.
The announcers got a good laugh out of it … wondering if the young athlete had practiced the stunt in the past.
As it turns out, the Little League rulebook specifically addresses this sort of thing — stating a batter’s strike zone is determined based on their normal stance … displayed when they swing at a pitch or take a practice whiff.
In other words, Hernandez’s crouching didn’t change his strike zone one bit … resulting in a called strike.
It ultimately didn’t matter, though … ’cause Mexico ran away with a 3-1 victory to advance to the fourth round.