Known for highlight catches, former Seton Hill standout Derek Orndorff is showing HR power at Liberty

Derek Orndorff has become known for his highlight catches in center field.

The grad student baseball player at Liberty has made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays three times in less than a year. He even grabbed the show’s No. 1 highlight on Feb. 19 with a diving snag on the warning track against Florida.

But Orndorff, a former Seton Hill standout, is no one-trick pony.

As good as he is with a glove, he might be better with a bat in his hands.

Whether he is using leather or aluminum, he thrives in the power alleys and swings for the fences. He might soon be making late-night highlights for his towering home runs.

Orndorff launched two homers Sunday, giving him 10 for the season, a total that leads NCAA Division I.

He appears to be saving his best for last as he chases a career at the next level. Bookend stops

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Raines baseball highlight makes ESPN

It’s not every day that Jacksonville high school baseball gets the SportsCenter treatment.

So Tuesday night’s highlight was one to remember at Raines.

Raines shortstop Nick Joyner picked up a moment of fame in Tuesday night’s High School Heritage Classic, the baseball contest against Ribault that not only raises the curtain for the prep season but celebrates the legacy of the Jacksonville Red Caps, now officially recognized as the city’s first team with major league status.

Joyner produced the night’s biggest highlight, racing backward from the infield for a twisting, diving catch behind second base in the Vikings’ 16-5 victory to retain the A. Philip Randolph Cup.

The result: By the next morning, his catch made it onto the SportsCenter Top 10 for ESPN. 

Raines scored six runs in the fourth to pull away in the game, which had been rescheduled after a rain-out early in February.

Bishop Kenny's Jasmyne Roberts (24) shoots over Lake Highland Prep guard Eleecia Carter in the FHSAA girls basketball state semifinal in Lakeland on February 25, 2021.

BK’s Roberts

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Zion Williamson bounced a defender several feet into the air in a Derrick Henry-esque highlight

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Zion Williamson scores over Derrick Favors. Rick Bowmer/AP Images
  • Zion Williamson on Tuesday made an impressive layup through contact over Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors.

  • Favors went up to challenge Williamson’s shot, took contact in the air, and went flying back.

  • Much of the NBA world was impressed by Williamson’s strength, comparing him to Titans running back Derrick Henry.

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Zion Williamson’s strength and athleticism are on another level, even for veteran NBA defenders.

Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors learned this the hard way on Tuesday.

During the first quarter between the Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans, Williamson took a hand-off at the three-point arc, drove into the paint, and leapt toward the basket. Favors, who is listed at 6-foot-8, 265 lb, jumped straight up to contest Williamson’s shot.

Williamson plowed into Favors, sending him several feet into the air and backward, and

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