r1 missed second
by ron rufo
Ron asked: With 1 out, R1 at 1st is stealing on the pitch when B2 hits a deep drive to left.
R1 rounds 2nd completely stepping over the base and heads for 3rd. F7 catches the batted ball for the 2nd out.
Seeing the F7 is in a position to catch B2's fly ball, R1 retreats, tagging 2nd on his way back.
Before he reaches 1st, F7's errant throw back into the infield goes out of play. The umpire then awards R1 3rd base after the ball goes out of play, after which the offensive head coach makes a dead ball appeal that R1 missed 2nd base.
Rick answered: Ron, thank you for your question. I will bet this one got a little exciting!
From your description, the runner had the right to retouch second on his way back as he had not reached or passed a succeeding base ( rule 8-2 Section 2 Art 5).
Rule 8-2 Section 2 Art 6d: A runner may not return to touch a missed base or one left too soon on a caught fly ball if:
1. He has reached a base beyond the base missed, or left too soon and the ball becomes dead.
I would say that the runner was ok up to the point that the errant throw went out of play and became dead. Once that occured, he could not return, and would be out on the dead ball appeal by the defense.
What was the final result at the time? I would be interested to learn additional details.
Yours in baseball,