On June 16, 2006, the Portsmouth High School Patriots were clinging to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 6th inning of Game 2 of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's Division II State Championship Series at McCoy Stadium. With two outs and runners on first and third, Patriots' second baseman and number nine hitter Jimmy Ayars stepped into the batter box against East Greenwich's Dan Bracey, one of the best pitchers in the state that year and a future Division I pitcher at Columbia. Believing that his team could use another "insurance" run, Coach Ulmschneider gave the runner at first, Johnny Pedrotty, the sign for a trick play the likes of which had never been seen before. What ensued was a little bit drama, a little bit comedy, a little bit mayhem and chaos, and ultimately a whole lot of nothing.
Eleven years after the crazy moment, ESPN.com's Scott Miller documented the play, which he believes is the longest single play in baseball history, for a recent article. To read Miller's piece on the "Skunk In The Outfield" play, click here.