By Mad Mike
Nice example of bone headed baserunning leading to a triple play.
The umpires did a good job keeping track of the action. Also note R3, while in a run down, tries to grab the catcher to get an interference call. Home Plate umpire does a good job signaling no interference (by use of the safe sign) during the run down.
9U Cal Ripken Regional Tournament; OBR-mod (no leadoffs, balks). R2, R1, no outs. I am BU.
BR hits a fly ball to right field, R2 takes two steps toward third, F9 makes easy catch. R2 never re-touches and beats the throw to 3B standing up. Meanwhile, R1 tags up and advances to 2B.
F5 is now holding the ball, and the entire dugout is yelling at him, "He left early! Throw to second; step on the base!" F5 complies, throws to F4, who steps on the base. I give an out mechanic with the right hand, point to R2 (who is standing on 3B) with the left hand, and say "He's out." Then, R1 (who is standing on 2B) begins to walk off the base toward the third-base dugout. F4 tags R1, and I bang R1 out for the triple play.
I gave the point to R2 with the left hand because I wanted it to be clear to everyone who was out (remember, 9U); I believe R1 stepped off the bag because R1 thought R1 was out.
Is this an appropriate mechanic given the situation? Or is it unnecessary? If this were a higher age group, I probably would not give this mechanic - I would only give an "out" mechanic.