A countdown of the top spring sports feelings – sports – times reporter – new philadelphia, oh 1 electricity unit in kwh

“I’mmmmmm……Hooked on a feeling!” While B.J. Thomas sang that about his special lady a few decades ago, the same can be sung about playing sports. In particular, I am referring to specific plays that athletes occasionally execute within their game. I played a little bit of most everything back when "fortnite" was just a confusing Shakespeare term, not a millennial video game sensation. With warm May weather finally upon us, here’s my countdown of the top 10 spring sports feelings:

10. CHASING DOWN THE LEAD RUNNER IN A RELAY I am a little bias against this one, since I would always be the one getting chased down. But it is pretty impressive watching a talented, passionate, and motivated runner chase down a seemingly insurmountable lead runner.

9. HITTING A LINE DRIVE IN THE GAP As a hitter, you sometimes get in "the zone" where you are locked in and spraying laser line drives all over the field. You can actually feel the actual baseball cave in just a bit as it jumps off your bat.

8. LOCKING UP A HITTER At times when a power pitcher feel s an extra surge and/or senses that the hitter has no chance, he just rares back and blows a fastball right by the helpless victim. Then you have the more artistic pitchers that can surgically place a pitch—curveball, slider, change up, tailing fastball — in the exact spot that they want in the strike zone (as the fooled batter watches helplessly) or out (where the impotent hitter waves at the ball like he’s swinging a yardstick).

6. DOWN THE STRETCH DUEL For track fans, nothing is better than watching great and equal runners go neck-and-neck towards the finish line, reaching deep down into their hearts to squeeze out that little bit extra. It’s especially moving in longer distance races where the runners are already exhausted from giving their all. Want a great thrill? Go on the internet and look up Canton native Dave Wottle’s 1972 Olympic gold medal winning 800-meter race.

5. CHASING DOWN A FLY BALL As a kid, I loved it when my dad would throw me fly balls in the back yard that that I would have to chase down. As a coach, this was always the highlight of practice for my players, no matter the age. As an outfielder, it gets much harder has you get to high school and beyond. You have to cover much more ground, and the ball goes faster and farther, occasionally tailing away from you. But diving and feeling that ball land securely in your glove pocket is a huge adrenaline rush.

4. TURNING ON A PITCH FOR A HOMER. Once in a while, a pitcher leaves the ball right in your wheelhouse—my preference was a hanging inside curveball—that you turn your hips on and launch high and deep. As former Indians TV broadcaster Jack Corrigan liked to say, “It’s touch’em all time!”

3. CHASING DOWN A SHOT TO HIT A WINNER. Sometimes in a long, draining tennis match, you give up on a shot that appears pretty far to reach and isn’t worth the energy spent to retrieve it. But then there are those key points where you battle with every ounce you’ve got to reach even the unreachable balls. Turning the tables by returning one of those outliers for a winner of your own give you a huge booster shot, while seriously demoralizing your opponent.

2. CLEARING THE BAR. At a certain height, that metal cross bar can be a frustrating, elusive white whale for high jumpers and pole vaulters. You are soaring high in the air and are just about over the bar when some part of your body just barely brushes against the bar, and it clangs loudly on the ground. NOOOOOOOOOOO! At some point, though, everything goes just right, you clear the bar, a get the exhilarating satisfaction of vanquishing your measured foe.

1. FIELDING A GROUNDER ON THE RUN AND GUNNING DOWN THE RUNNER. I admit that this is a very biased pick. Growing up, I spent endless hours in the yard taking hundreds ground balls off my dad’s bat. We played a game called ‘Flubba," where we counted how many balls in a row that I could field cleanly and throw right to him. Anyhow, I love this sports action because of all it involves. You are quickly moving laterally while also reading the unpredictable bounces of the ball. You reach out with every inch to grab it, then have to adjust your weight and fire a fastball on the run to beat the runner to first base. GOT ‘EM!