I played my share of sandlot baseball back in the day, but one thing I’ve never seen is a player disappearing into the ground while running to first base. Unfortunately for 9-year-old Paje Wiklund of Portland, Oregon, she was the unlucky soul to step directly onto a sinkhole while legging out a single. Fellow Portland native Richie Sexson would’ve stepped on it first, but he kept striking out.
In all seriousness, though, Wiklund was very lucky. She was swallowed up by the hole, and instead of embarking on an Alice-like journey of whimsy, she instead found herself stuck in a cavernous old septic system. And if not for a well-placed pipe that stopped her plunge and allowed another kid to pull her out, she could’ve fallen up to 20 feet and perhaps disappeared forever.