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Discussion: Fielders choice or sacrifice

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Feb. 23, 2020
20 posts
Fielders choice or sacrifice
One out, men on first and third. Batter hits ground ball to short. Short throws to second, out, second throws to first, safe. Runner on third scores. I say the batter gets a fielderís choice and a time at bat. Others say he gets a sacrifice. What say you?
Feb. 23, 2020
Men's 75
579 posts
"The batter is credited with an RBI (run batted in) for every runner that reaches home safely when any of the following occurs: The batter hits safely. ... The batter reaches first on a fielder's choice. The batter reaches first on a base on balls while the bases are full."
Feb. 23, 2020
1082 posts
jimmymac.. this would be scored a FC with a RBI.. I don't believe a sac. can ever be awarded on a groundball when the batter is thrown out at 1st.. even though a run to scores..

Feb. 24, 2020
1985 posts
Jimmymac, officially thatís a fielders choice. He gets credit for the rbi, a time at bat, but does not get credit for a hit.
If the team strictly goes by on base percentage (many do) then he gets credit for that.
A sacrifice would be a sacrifice fly or a sacrifice bunt. Since thereís no bunting in softball a ground ball, as BJ correctly points out, cannot be considered a sacrifice
Feb. 24, 2020
Men's 65
215 posts
No, a fielder's choice counts as an out and not as getting on base. If you go by on-base percentage, the batter would be 0 for 1 on this at-bat. Also true for errors, but most softball teams I know count errors as getting on base and not against you on OBP so that there are no arguments on whether a batted ball is a hit or an error.
Feb. 24, 2020
Men's 65
2086 posts
I agree. A fielders choice does not count towards your on base percentage.
Feb. 25, 2020
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
Hit into a DP here and the batter isn't credited with a RBI.
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