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Sports

March 2014

Steal these rules and take them home Troy Bottom SPORTS EDITOR

• The basics: Baseball is played between 2 teams with 9 people on the field at one time and one batter up to bat for the opposing team. The away team is on offense first, and will be the first team to hit in top of the first inning. The away team will then have 9 guys, put in order by the head coach, get ready to hit at home plate. The batter up to bat is referred to as the batter, the next player after him is considered “on deck” and the batter following is “in the hole”. While up to bat at home plate, the batter has three strikes to try advance to first base. The pitcher’s mound is a collection of clay that is slightly taller than the rest of the field and is 60 feet from home plate. • Hey pitcher, pitcher, pitcher: The pitchers objective is to throw three strikes past the hitter to record an out. A strike is a ball thrown by the pitcher that is swung on, no matter where the ball is thrown. A strike can also be achieved when the ball is thrown within the width of home plate, is between the batters knees and upper abdominal, and the hitter dos not swing. This is referred to as the strike zone and may vary from umpire to umpire. Finally one can achieve a strike by fouling a ball off, which is swinging at a pitch and hitting it out of play and not inside of the white foul lines. If a foul ball is hit and is in the air, it can be caught, in which case the batter would be out. Although a foul ball counts as strike, a batter cannot be struck out on a

foul ball. This means a strike must be thrown with the batter either swinging or looking to deem the batter out. If a pitcher throws an inaccurate pitch and the batter does not swing, it is known as ball. If a pitcher throws 4 balls while facing a batter, he is awarded walk or a free base and goes to 1st base. • Maroone call to the bullpen: If a pitcher is extremely inaccurate and strikes a batter, the batter is awarded a free base and it is up to the umpire’s discretion to determine if it was intentional, which could mean ejection. Although there are no timeouts in baseball, a coach is allowed mound visits where he can calm the pitcher down if he is struggling. If two mound visits are used in the same inning, the pitcher must be removed and another pitcher must replace him. • He takes his lead...: If a pitch is thrown and the batter hits the ball, it is up to the 9 defenseman to record the out. A groundball is where the ball is struck and by the batter and rolls on the ground. The infielders are then responsible for throwing the ball to 1st baseman who will step on first base before the batter does. If a batter does successfully get on 1st base safely, they then take a two to three step lead off of the base. A pitcher can then try to pick off the base runner and throw the ball to the first baseman to record an out. To record an out, the first baseman must catch the ball and tag the runner instead of simply stepping on the bag. The base runner now has the option to steal a base, which is where he can sprint to second base while the pitcher is pitching, requiring the catcher

to catch the pitch and throw the ball to second base to tag the runner for an out. • Call it in the air: Another hit is known as a fly ball, which is when the batter strikes the ball into the air, giving the defense the opportunity to catch the ball for an out. If the ball is unable to be caught, the batter could proceed around the bases, which go counter clockwise from home to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and back to home base. If the ball is caught, the batter is out, but base runners already on base can tag up. This is where a base runner returns to the base he is on and put his foot on the bag waiting for the ball to be caught. Once it is caught, the runner then sprints to the next base before the ball is thrown and they are tagged. If they leave before the ball is caught, the ball can be thrown to the base they were previously on and the defense just has to step on the bag with the ball to record the out. • Swing for the fences: If the batter reaches 1st in one hit, it is a single, 2nd is a double, 3rd is a triple, and back to home is a home run. Besides a single and a runner leaving early in an attempt to tag up, the only way to get out a runner out is by tagging him with the ball in his glove. For the defense to go to offense, they must first get three outs, and then the home team will be up to bat in the bottom of the first inning. A regulation game is 9 innings, with the winner being the team with the most runs. If it is a tie, additional innings are added accordingly until a winner is proclaimed.

The chat newspaper march 2014 year 14 issue #9  

The official Newspaper of the Pembroke Pines Charter High School. A CHC Production – Sponsored by the Communications & Technology Department...

The chat newspaper march 2014 year 14 issue #9  

The official Newspaper of the Pembroke Pines Charter High School. A CHC Production – Sponsored by the Communications & Technology Department...

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