Run scores before third out
(Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada)
Force At First
Gord asked: Runners on 1 and 3 with one out.
Deep fly ball hit to center, runner at 3 waits, runner at 1 takes off.
Ball is caught for out 2, runner at 3 takes off for home, other runner has to run back to 1st.
Runner at 3 scores before throw comes to 1st, where previous runner has not made it back yet, for out # 3.
Does run score and which rule applies as technically, the third out was forced.
Rick answered Gord, thank you for your question.
Rule 5.08 How a Run Scores
a) One run shall be scored each time a runner legally advances to and touches first base, second base, third and home base before three men are put out to end the inning.
Exception: A run is not scored if the runner advances to home base during a play in which the third out is made:
1) by the batter-runner before he touches first base
2) Or, by any runner being forced out
3) by a preceding runner who is declared out because he failed to touch one of the bases
Even though the runner from third legally tagged, ran on the catch in the outfield, and scored before the out was recorded on the runner who went back to tag, that runner from first base becomes a force out, for out number 3.
Yours in baseball,