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Discussion: What's the Call?

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Aug. 14
Men's 70
31 posts
This one happened in a league game. Runners on second and first, one out. Batter hits a wicked line drive up the middle that hits the runner on second, standing on the base. Ball richochets to the second baseman who then throws to third. Umpire ruled ball was in play and the runner from second is now out on the force play at third. It was overturned upon a protest, saying dead ball, runners advance and batter awarded first base. Which call is correct or neither?
Aug. 14
Men's 65
490 posts
Did the ball at any point hit the ground before or during it's ricochet to the 2nd base person?
Aug. 14

16 posts
Doesn’t matter whether the ball hits the ground or not. As soon as the ball hit the runner on the base the ball is dead and the protest is correct that both runners advance one base and the batter is awarded 1st base.
Aug. 15

1108 posts
DRobb is correct as long as the closest infielder to the ball was behind the runner.. if for some reason they were playing in front of the runner it would be a live ball play on

C. When he bats a fair ball even though it strikes another player, umpire or their attached clothing or equipment.
1. If the runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is not out. EFFECT: The ball is live or dead depending on the position of the fielder closest to the ball. If the closest defensive player is in front of the base runner hit by the ball, the ball remains live. However, after the runner in contact with the base is hit by the batted ball, it shall be the same as hitting the ground. Since the ball remains live, the defense is free to make whatever plays are available. If the defensive player is behind the base runner, the ball is ruled dead, the hitter is awarded a base hit and runners are advanced only if forced to advance.
2. If the runner is hit by the ball while off base and before it passes an infielder (excluding the pitcher), the ball is dead and the hit runner is declared out. The batter-runner is awarded first base without liability to be put out.
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