HS Varsity FP game. I am doing the bases.
I have mentioned this before. I do most (90 - 95%) of my games alone.
Doing a game with 2 umpires is a luxury but the mechanics of doing the
bases takes me a little while to get into. The main concern is where I
should be when there is a runner only on 3rd and when the bases are
loaded. In both situations I stand between 2nd and 3rd and but closer to
3rd. Is this where you would be? If not why not?
During this game a batter bunted the ball and dropped the bat
immediately. Of course the ball and bat decided it was a good time to
meet a second time. My partner called fair ball. The defensive coach
thought it was an out. After the play completed we got together and
agreed we both saw the same thing namely there was no intent on the
batter's part to drop the bat so that it would interfere with ball (or
the catcher) and that the ball rolled into the bat. The coach did say
she wanted to protest but didn't. After the game I pulled out my rule
book and showed her 7.6.I but she insisted that since the ball was
bunted it should have been an out. We had never heard of this and
couldn't find it in the rule as it only refers to a batted ball. Did we
Runner on 2nd. Grounder to 3rd base and is bobbled. Runner on 2nd goes
to 3rd. No play is made and ball is thrown back to pitcher. In the
meanwhile batter after reaching first continues on to 2nd with breaking
stride. I, expecting a play at 3rd, was not looking at the batter-runner
(shame on me YES!). My partner did see her round first and head to 2nd.
I don't know where she was when the pitcher got the ball back but it may
not matter. My partner ruled that since the pitcher had the ball and was
not making a play (true and the pitcher wasn't looking at the
batter-runner) the batter-runner had to return to 1st base. The
offensive coach of course disagreed. After the game he said he might be
wrong. I did not see all that happened but I could have clarified the
look-back rule for him and suggested that the runner be put back on
second. At the time he was very sure of his call so I didn't say
anything. Should I have said something?
I would appreciate any comments, suggestions you might have, positive or
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Chester L. Buffalo
ASA / MIAA / LL Fast Pitch Umpire