Booth Commentator Catches Speeding Foul Ball Barehanded in Incredible Video

An NCAA baseball game has impressed the nation after a college sports commentator with quick reflexes caught a foul ball with his bare hand.

Footage of the game between Texas Tech and West Virginia last weekend has baseball fans in awe on social media. As the player at bat swings, he fouls the ball. The university's radio announcer Geoff Haxton notes it is "coming right back at us" in the broadcast booth, and without flinching, makes an impressive barehanded catch.

Socially distanced ballgame viewers at the Monongalia County Ballpark in West Virginia holler in amazement. "Yeah, Hax!" another commentator exclaims.

"With a barehand snag, woohoo!" one announcer cheers as Haxton proudly shows the ball he caught.

"Great play Geoff Haxton!" he says. "My hand hurts so bad right now," the other jokes.

#NCAABaseball Plays of the Week ⚾️

1️⃣ | @TTU_Baseball radio play-by-play broadcaster Geoff Haxton made a one-handed catch with his bare hand on a foul ball into the booth. ✋ pic.twitter.com/ze2wgSb7cS

— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) April 21, 2021

In an interview with Slate, Haxton noted that he's actually right-handed, but made the catch with his left. He also estimated the ball was traveling upwards of 90 mph.

"I'll tell you man, those instincts just kicked in in half a second. It was moving so fast, I didn't have time to get out of the way," he explained. "If I had tried to do a dodge or something, it would have hit me. I just snared it."

Footage of the amazing off-field catch was posted on the official NCAA Twitter account, which dubbed it one of the top "plays of the week," and has been viewed over 1 million times. Fans went wild in the comments, sharing how impressed they were with Haxton's quick thinking.

"The bar has been set. Commentators have to step up and make the big plays now too," one viewer joked. "I thought this was fake the first time I saw it," another commented; local sport directer David Collier added, "I thought it was fake the 50th time I saw it."

Haxton also confirmed his colleagues' assumptions that the catch hurt his hand, but told Slate that he "got such an adrenaline rush out of it" that "it was so worth it."

"It hurt really bad for two hours afterward and then the swelling just kind of went down," he said. "I caught the thing mostly with my left index finger, that's where the pop really happened. But it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. It hurt terribly."

Haxton's impressive catch isn't the only video circulating among sports fans. Earlier this month, footage of a golf course brawl in South Africa went viral.

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