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Discussion: Hitting a pitch that bounces on the plate

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Nov. 19, 2020
MurrayW
Men's 65
158 posts
Hitting a pitch that bounces on the plate
There have been a few times when my first strike I take hits the front of the plate and bounces straight up and I have jokingly taken a swing after it hits the plate and intentionally miss the ball. If the ball hit the front of the plate with 2 strikes and bounced up, if I swung and hit the ball would it be in play or is it strike 3.
Nov. 19, 2020
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3170 posts
7.4 STRIKE CALLED BY UMPIRE
A. For each legally pitched ball hitting the strike mat before touching the ground and the batter does not swing. Any pitched ball that hits the ground or strike mat cannot be legally swung at by the batter. NOTE: If the batter swings and misses the pitch prior to the ball hitting the plate or mat it is a strike. EFFECT: The ball is dead.

Nov. 19, 2020
Randall
33 posts
Dave Dowell has this correct
Nov. 19, 2020
DieselDan
Men's 70
444 posts
And you Randall are correct in your assessment.
Nov. 19, 2020
1jonsey
46 posts
the 2nd part of murrays question was not answered?

I assume that the call is a dead ball, ball, even if the batter hit the ball on the bounce?
Nov. 19, 2020
MurrayW
Men's 65
158 posts
I think it was answered. The ball cannot be legally swung at by the batter so it would be a strike out even if I hit it over the fence.
Nov. 19, 2020
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3170 posts
The easy way to look at this is: As soon as the ball hits the strike mat, it's a dead ball ...
Nov. 19, 2020
1jonsey
46 posts
sorry, I should have added if the ball hit the ground in front of strike mat I assume that the call is a dead ball, ball, even if the batter hit the ball on the bounce?
Nov. 19, 2020
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3170 posts
1jonsey ... We made it as easy as we could: "..Any pitched ball that hits the ground or strike mat... ...
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