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The catch seen around the world

"In the span of 24 hours, it was all over the world," said Monthie. "I never expected to have something I shot viewed by people all over the world."

Johnson and Graves couldn't believe the play wound up being No. 1 on SportsCenter's "Top Ten Plays" list.

"I was very excited. It was like the icing on the cake," said Johnson.

"I was just amazed and at the same time happy because if he didn't make the catch, none of us would have wound up on ESPN," said Graves.

Johnson's catch looked like it was also going to be a momentum changer, as Colonie rallied to tie the game at 2 and then take a 6-5 lead on Liam Rowland's grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning. But TVLL National's Sam Powers belted a solo home run in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 6, and Peter Africano doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Graves added an RBI single for an insurance run.

"Our kids didn't fold (after Rowland's grand slam), and they came back," said Fred Powers.

It's the third year in a row that a TVLL team has beaten a Colonie Little League team in the district tournament. TVLL National also defeated Colonie 14-13 in a preliminary round game this year.

"It's been a competition for the two teams the last three years," said Mark Rowland. "Every year, we play them right to the end."

But it's not every year that a catch like that takes place and is videotaped for all posterity. And for that, Graves and Johnson are thankful.

"I think I'm going to remember it for a very long time. It's not everyday you can be on ESPN," said Graves.

Of course, Johnson might have had a fonder memory of the play if things worked out differently on the scoreboard.

"I'd rather take the win than the catch any day," he said.""

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