With a runner on 1st the batter hits a hard ground ball to the center fielder he picks the Ball up and forces the runner out at second base how is the play scored
Joe asked: Runner on 1st the batter hits a hard ground ball to the center fielder, who then forces the runner out at second base.
How is this scored?
Rick answered: Joe, thank you for your question.
Scoring should go 8-(4 or 6), depending on who covered the bag, with the batter getting a Fielder's Choice.
Rule on base hits states, A base hit is a statistic credited to a batter when such batter reaches base safely, as set forth in Rule (9.05)
(b) The official scorer shall not credit a base hit when a:
1) runner is forced out by a batted ball, or would have been forced out except for a fielding error.
Hard for a hitter to swallow when you smoke a pitch and they make a play from the outfield to get a force.
Yours in baseball,
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