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Mark Freeman made the most memorable catch at Drive game

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Mark Freeman holds the ball aloft as Greenville Drive fans cheered his catch of Isaias Lucena's second inning home run over the Green Monster.
 
 

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Mark Freeman holds the ball aloft as Greenville Drive fans cheered his catch of Isaias Lucena's second inning home run over the Green Monster.

 

 



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Mark and Pam Freeman atop the Green Monster before Sunday's game at Fluor Drive.
 

Angi Delperdang Photo

Mark and Pam Freeman atop the Green Monster before Sunday's game at Fluor Drive.

 

Mark Freeman became arguably the first Greenville Drive fan to catch a home run hit in the second row of the spectators section atop the Green Monster at Fluor Field Sunday afternoon.

The Drive's Isaias Lucena lofted a high fly ball over the Green Monster, with two rows of seating added this year to emulate Boston’s Fenway Park.

The home run appeared to carry the second row but Freeman reached up and caught it in his bare hands. He held the ball aloft and the crowd gave Freeman a loud cheer. Freeman was in the right corner of the second row.

A Drive staffer asked Freeman if he caught it barehanded and confirmed it.

After a slight pause for photos taken by his wife, Pam, Freeman passed the ball to a young boy sitting a row in front.

Their sons, John, graduated in 2015 and Bennett, graduated in 2017 and played football for Riverside. Mark is head D team coach for the Warriors and Pam provided one of the best and most comprehensive high school sports newsletters in the country.

Darin and Angi Delperdang attended the game with the Freemans. Angi photographed Mark's historic moment.

The Drive beat the West Virginia Power (Pirates), 7-1, and play Monday at 1:05 p.m. The game will be paused during the solar eclipse. Greenville is in the totality corridor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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