Sometimes you get lucky. Luck favors the prepared, though.
I’ve been using my Canon G9 long enough that I kind of have the timing figured out for shooting action shots. More or less.
Usually, I compose first, expecting the action. Then it’s a matter of pressing the shutter release. This is the _only_ shot I took of our friend Tanner hitting water balloons with a fat bat. If I had my druthers, I would have preferred to see his face, so maybe a moment sooner on the shutter button next time.
Interesting question: is it still a “shutter release” on digital cameras with no shutters?