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Fielder's choice or Hit

by Al
(Virginia)

Art asked: Runner on second no outs, batter soft slaps to third, batter reaches first before ball is fielded.


Runner on second delays until batter reaches first and then runs to third and is thrown out by the third baseman.

Is the batter scored as a FC or is it scored a hit and the runner recorded as caught stealing,since the runner didn't run on the batted ground ball and wasn't forced.


Rick answered: Al, thank you for your question.

The batter gets recorded as a hit, since he arrived at first base before the 3B fielded the ball.

The runner is out at third, recorded as a 5-6. I would guess it was the SS who covered 3B, or if it was the pitcher, then 5-1.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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