Free base or not
(Huntingdon, Tn. USA)
One Base On The Overthrow, One Base For Going Into The Dugout
Mark asked: Runner on 1st with less than 2 outs.
Batter hits fly ball to shallow center field.
Runner on 1st assumes it's going to be a hit but the outfielder catches the ball. The runner almost to 2nd, attempts to return to 1st, and the fielder throws the ball to 1st for an easy double play.
The ball goes over the first base-mans head into the dugout.
Does the runner get 2nd base or 1st, since he didn't beat the ball to 1st?
Rick answered: Mark, thank you for your question.
Rule 5.06 - Running The Bases, Advancing Bases
Rule 5.06 (b) (4) G : Two bases when, with no spectators on the field, a thrown ball goes into the stands, or into a bench (whether or not the ball rebounds into the field), or over or under or through a field fence, or on a slanting part of the screen above the backstop, or remains in the meshes of a wire screen protecting spectators.
The ball is dead.
So, what you have is the overthrow got the runner one base, but the subsequent factor of the ball going into the dugout provided an extra base.
Runner is now at third base, with two outs.
Yours in baseball,