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Discussion: Tag on Caught Fly Ball Out

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July 10, 2013
Men's 70
515 posts
Tag on Caught Fly Ball Out
In Rules Page 46 8.4(8) D

Runners are entitled to advance with liability to be put out:
A. When a pitched ball is batted.
B. On a thrown ball or a fair batted ball that is not blocked.
C On a thrown ball that hits an umpire.
D. When a legally caught ball is first touched.

Does this mean if fielder fumbles ball befor controlling ball (not ever touching ground) can the Runner leave base and advance legally befor actual catch happens?

Also is SSUSA "Hit and Sit" ?? Or does batter have to touch 1st on a ball over fence.

July 10, 2013
1571 posts
The answer to your first question is YES. If your on first base tagging up on a fly ball you may advance once the outfielder touches the fly ball--he doesn't have to secure the catch before you can advance
The answer to your second question is depending on where you play. Some places have you touch a base, some hit and sit.
July 10, 2013
62 posts
And of course the reason behind the answer to your first question is that if the baserunner had to wait for the catch to be secured then the fielder could juggle the ball all the way in to stop a runner from advancing.
July 10, 2013
224 posts
In SSUSA play, the batter and any runners on base at the time must touch the next base. An out is recorded if the runner fails to touch the next base.
July 11, 2013
Men's 50
178 posts
Way to be on the ball Tim.. Bet Happy helped ya with that one ??? or Ron.. lmao
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