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  1. Don't feed the trolls
  2. It doesn't matter that the pitch hit the ground other than it can't be called a strike (might still be a strike if swing and miss). Most likely it is batter hit by pitch and awarded first base.
  3. Runners are never forced to retreat. R2 going back doesn't actually force R1 anywhere.
  4. You are correct and it applies to at least baseball and basketball, the two sports I work. We fought it but really wasn't anything we could do once state decided it.
  5. Mr.

    In this instance (ball hit bat rather than bat hit ball) the ball is either fair or foul depending on where it is either touched or comes to rest, per usual.
  6. Assuming that this league or organization allows batters to attempt to reach base on an uncaught third strike the answer is yes. At that age some never allow batters to run on an uncaught third strike regardless of outs or other runners.
  7. Agree on #1. For #2 the O.P. indicates a step off, after that I believe the pitcher, now acting as an infielder, could change hands to make a play just as any other infielder.
  8. No.
  9. Short answer is no. The runner from first is "forced" to advance. Because he was put out before reaching the base he was forced to for the third out no runs score on the play. The fact that he was tagged as opposed to tagging second base is meaningless.
  10. The substitute assumes the count and finishes the at bat.
  11. @stkjock if it were a legal pitch you would be correct. Once the delivery wasn't legal it becomes no pitch as long as ruled to be caused by the batter's ilegal action.
  12. Something along the lines of "alright gentlemen let's play ball".
  13. Sounds like someone felt that making it to the championship game of the tourney made for too long of a day. Glad you agreed with his decision that he had had enough.
  14. Always amazing, I don't know anyone that would assign one official to more than three games in a day. Good luck! Stay hydrated. Be worried if you stop sweating.
  15. It is possible there is a league or local rule that requires the runner to either slide or avoid contact. Absent that knowledge I agree with those above.