CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The verdict?
In a lot of ways, there isn't a verdict.
Officially, the hit by Hunter White in the seventh inning that gave Herbert Hoover a 7-3 semifinal victory over Independence was a grand slam, setting off a wild celebration and creating one of the most magical moments at the State Tournament - at least since it moved to Appalachian Power Park in 2005.
Unofficially - and, it turns out correctly - the hit was a single, bouncing off the warning track in left field and bounding off the wall.
There were questions about where the ball hit after coming off White's bat. Not long after it happened, I received a couple texts from folks sitting in the outfield, declaring it wasn't a home run. A day later, emails followed.
Giving the matter its due diligence, I called Independence leftfielder Tanner Muovich, the guy in the video seen - back turned - sprinting toward the flying ball.
"It hit about three feet in on the warning track and bounced off the wall," Muovich told me on Friday.
If it sounds like Muovich wants to steal White's thunder, his ensuing actions hardly give any evidence toward that decision. He grabbed the ball and took it to the Hoover coaches, figuring they'd want it as a souvenir.
Pretty cool, huh?
After getting emails from fans sitting in left field and texts from others close to the ball's landing spot, I talked to a videographer from a local television station. He went frame by frame and determined it hit the warning track, even creating a cloud of dirt from hitting the warning track. He had a view you couldn't get from television or a computer.
I couldn't tell, sitting about 400 feet away in the far left seat of Press Box A.
I'm certainly not here to rain on White's parade. Single or home run, the dramatics don't change as much as you might think. It wasn't a simple sacrifice fly, an error or line drive up the middle. He drove a ball deep to left field that resulted in the winning run in front of 3,000 or so fans.
White, per his personality, wasn't as emotional as you might think a player would be in that situation.
His quiet, soft-spoken demeanor didn't change after Friday either when he was kept busy.
"A lot of people (asked me if that was a home run)," White said after the state title game. "It really doesn't matter. I watched the news and it looked like it was over. We still won, that's all that matters."
On Saturday, White's single continued a rally from four runs down to help Hoover beat Fairmont Senior in the state title game.
All-in-all, he had a pretty good weekend.