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The batter swings and misses a pitch but hits it on his backswing and the ball goes into fair territory. What is the call.

by Jim
(Placentia, CA, USA)

Jim asked: The batter swings and misses a pitch but hits is on his backswing and the ball goes into fair territory.


What is the call?

This actually happened in a softball game but I am sure that the same rule would apply in baseball.


Rick answered: Jim, thank you for your question.

Rule 6.03 (a) (3) Comment Rule 6.06 (c): If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around and, in the umpires judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the backswing, it shall be called a strike only(not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play.

Don't see it too often; but it does happen. Rule applies to softball as well as baseball.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Double tip in the batters box NEW
by: Anonymous

My question is if a batter tips a pitched ball and on their back swing hits it again but is still the the batters box what is the call?

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Similar Situation NEW
by: Gregg

In fastpitch softball, we recently experienced a similar issue except the ball remained in foul territory and it was a dropped 3rd strike. Is the batter automatically out?

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