Official ruling question
8-5 Force At Third
Anonymous asked: We've been having a discussion as to what the official ruling would be on a play and maybe we're thinking to far into it.
Runners on first and second 1 out.
Ball hit to shallow center.... Runner on second takes steps but doesn't want to get to far from the bag in case of a double play scenario.
The ball eventually drops and the center fielder is able to throw the lead runner out at 3rd.
I'm assuming this is considered a hit for the batter but what about the runner?
What would the official ruling be on that one?
Just a force out, or is there another term I'm not thinking of.
Rick answered: Thank you for your question.
The batter is credited with a base hit, the runner from second is recorded as a 8-5 Put out.
Since the batter clearly had a base hit, the option of a fielder's choice actually penalizes
him, thus the base hit/8-5 put out at third.
Yours in baseball,
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