Hit, error, or fielder's choice?
(Santa Maria, CA)
Safe At First, Base Hit
Greg asked: Scenario for a high school varsity baseball game:
Runners at first and second, one out, and a routine groundball is fielded by third baseman.
Third baseman hesitates and looks towards second base, takes a really long time and then finally throws to first base but the runner is safe.
Without the hesitation, the batter would easily have been out. By the way, the third baseman could have also gone back to force the runner coming from second base.
Is this a hit, and error, or a fielder's choice?
Rick answered: Greg, thank you for your question.
Based on the way you describe it, I would give the batter a hit.
There really is no category or scoring situation for a defensive mental error, which is pretty much what happened to the third baseman.
Yours in baseball,