Line drive hits pitchers plate and comes straight back behind home plate without
by F Robinson
(Mason Mi Usa)
F. Robinson asked: Line drive hits pitchers plate and comes straight back behind home plate without touching the ground.
The catcher stands up and makes the catch.
Runners on 1st and 3rd, 1 out 2balls and 1 strike.
What would the ruling be?
Thank you for your question.
Foul Ball Comment: A batted ball not touched by a fielder, which hits the pitcher's rubber and rebounds into foul territory, between home and first, or between home and third base is a foul ball.
If a fly ball lands in the infield between home and first base, or home and third base and then bounces to foul territory without touching a player or umpire and before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball; or if the ball settles on foul territory or is touched by a player on foul territory, it is a foul ball.
Ruling, based on the highlighted sentence above would be foul ball, count goes to 2-2, as the catcher is standing on foul territory when he touched the ball. The batted ball becomes a ground ball when it hit the pitcher's rubber.
Yours in baseball,