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Fed rules. What happens if the batter hits a pop up that comes down and hits the bat laying in foul territory and then, as a result of hitting the bat in foul territory, rolls fair?

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7 minutes ago, Guest Wesley said:

Fed rules. What happens if the batter hits a pop up that comes down and hits the bat laying in foul territory and then, as a result of hitting the bat in foul territory, rolls fair?

Foul ball.

SECTION 16 FOUL, FOUL TIP
ART. 1 . . . A foul is a batted ball:
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d. that, while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or a
player or any object foreign to the natural ground

The bat is an object foreign to the natural ground.

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We just talked about this at our association meeting this evening.

1) As unlikely as it might be, if a batter puts his bat down anywhere with the intent of it hitting a bat the second time, that's interference.

2) If it's in foul territory (as you describe) it's foul, according to 2-16-1d

"A foul is a batted ball that, while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or a player or any object foreign to the natural ground"

3) If it's in fair territory, the bat is part of the playing field and is still live - per 2-5-1, 2-8-1, 8-4-1d, and shown in case play 2-16-1 situation D

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9 hours ago, kylehutson said:

 

3) If it's in fair territory, the bat is part of the playing field and is still live - per 2-5-1, 2-8-1, 8-4-1d, and shown in case play 2-16-1 situation D

And by "live" kyle means that the ball is neither fair nor foul, yet.  It will become fair or foul based on what happens next (coming to rest or being touched by a player in fair or foul territory)

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