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Fielder's choice or base hit?

by Steve Anderson
(New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA)

Steve asked: Runner on second with no outs. Hitter hits a ground ball into left field.

Runner at second tries to advance to third and is thrown out well after batter reached first.

Is it a single for the hitter or fielder's choice? Note, fielder never had a play on the batter who advanced to first..

Rick answered: Steve, thank you for your question.

The situation which you describe would be scored a single for the batter.

An official scorer would base their decision on the fact that the outfielder had no opportunity to get the batter-runner at first base.

Yours in baseball,


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