Hidden ball trick on final out propels Colorado high school to state title game

If it's not the oldest trick in the book, it has to be close. The hidden ball trick has been used for decades to catch baserunners not paying attention, but Rye, Colo. High School used it in a high-pressure situation on Saturday to record the final out of a Colorado Class 2A semifinal.  MORE: Astros turn triple play on Tigers | Japanese baseball team ends five-year losing streak Thunderbolts pitcher Luis Ortiz faked an errant pick-off

throw to second, at which point the entire outfield took off to "retrieve" the phantom throw. The Hotchkiss, Colo. baserunner thought he had a free base, so he took of for third not realizing Ortiz, who was charging toward him, still had the ball in his glove. Ortiz tagged the runner for the game's final out of the game, and Rye began celebrating its 9-8 win. The Thunderbolts also went on to win the State Championship later that day, beating Resurrection Christian, 12-10. Rye trailed Hotchkiss 6-0 at one point, and was behind Resurrection Christian 9-4, but rallied to win both games and the state title.