Interview Archive: Hidden-ball trick reaction

Lucas Erceg and Manager Joe Ayrault discuss the hidden-ball trick.

By Greg Young / Carolina Mudcats | May 6, 2017 10:12 PM ET

Hear from Lucas Erceg and Manager Joe Ayrault as they discuss the successfully executed hidden-ball trick occurring at Five County Stadium on May 3 against Buies Creek.

Video: Mudcats Radio Interview - Hidden-Ball Trick

Lucas Erceg successfully executed the hidden-ball trick on 5/3 at Five County Stadium against the Buies Creek Astros and outfielder Kyle Tucker. Tucker, and trailing runner Dexture McCall, had just stolen third and second base respectively when Erceg attempted the play. Erceg applied his tag (on a throw from catcher Mitch Ghelfi) and then bluffed his throw back to pitcher Wuilder Rodriguez before then waiting patiently for Tucker to leave third base.

It took approximately :35 seconds for Tucker to step into his lead at third before Erceg applied the tag. Umpires Austin Jones and Ryan Wilhelms (plate) consulted after Erceg applied the tag and eventually decided that Tucker was out. Buies Creek Manager Omar Lopez was ejected as result of the decision. The out was the second of the seventh inning, in a game the Mudcats eventually won 3-0 (they led 2-0 before the play).

Video of the play was aired on MLB Network and SportsCenter and more.

Tweet from @MiLB: No. 7 @Brewers prospect @LucasErceg17 gets the @CarolinaMudcats out of a jam with the ol' hidden-ball trick.

Tweet from @SportsCenter: #SCtop10 for the third baseman.#SCNotTop10 for the baserunner.


Tweet from @SInow: A very patient hidden ball trick

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