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Adam Hermann | NCAA.com | May 11, 2018

The B1G softball tournament used a helicopter to dry its infield

  Hey, wait, that's not Minnesota's pitcher.

“This one’s a chopper down the right field line” is something you might’ve heard a softball announcer say. It’s a way to describe a bouncing ball.

But what about a chopper delay? That’s new lingo, and on Friday we learned it’s reserved for putting an actual helicopter on a softball field.

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Let us explain.

After some no-joke rain over Goodman Diamond in central Wisconsin on Friday, the fine folks in charge of the B1G Softball tournament decided the absolute best way to dry out the field for Minnesota and Wisconsin, and to make sure conditions were safe and playable…

…was to get a helicopter.

We weren’t kidding!

According to the broadcast, the pilot’s name was Eric Peterson and he hailed from Baraboo, Wisconsin, which is a very good name for a town.

Here’s another really cool angle of the whole thing, from the B1G’s Chris Masters:

Sped up, it sort of looks like Eric and the helicopter were doing a jig across the diamond:

Later on in the game, once the field had been propperly chopper'd, Wisconsin’s Jordann Little took advantage of that freshly-dried playing surface and made what we think qualifies as a very nice catch:

In the end, Minnesota won the game, 6-0. But we all know the helicopter was the real winner today.

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