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Discussion: Baserunning rule

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June 10, 2013
Men's 65
7 posts
Baserunning rule
Runners on first and second. Ball hit to shortstop. Runner on second advances and when the shortstop receives the ball he runs to the runner who then backs up to avoid the immediate tag giving the runner moving to second time to reach second. What is the call?
June 10, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1224 posts
There is no call, shortstop has yet to make a play!
June 10, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1224 posts
but if he could tag the runner and throw to second it would be double play... or run him back to second tag him and then tag the bag before runner gets there double play FYI!
June 10, 2013
Omar Khayyam
1357 posts
I saw this same play in Reno at the Rock 'N Reno tournament. The shortstop tries to make the double play at second since the runner from first is almost there, so he throws to the second baseman covering second. The throw is too hard and low, and it skips by the second baseman and goes out into right field. First runner went to third and then home when fielder was tardy retrieving the ball (it was a 320' outfield) and the first baseman seemed frozen by the foolish play and didn't move. Runner going to second doesn't stop when he realizes he can get third.

Instead of double play, there are still no outs and one run scored with another runner in scoring position on third and another runner (the batter) on first.

Or maybe the shortstop just had a senior moment!
June 11, 2013
Men's 70
1243 posts
No call, as long as the runner does not run out of the basepath to avoid the tag, it is a nothing.
June 11, 2013
1991 posts
No call unless the runner going from 2nd to 3rd runs 3 ft outside the basepath to avoid being tagged.
June 12, 2013
121 posts


Have you never seen this play before?

That play is about as old as the hills!

June 24, 2013
Men's 50
32 posts
I agree runner out if left the baseline.

here is a url of a very cool play that you might want to check out.

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