Poor quality JV double header on Saturday .... Game 2, I have the dish (btw.... first game was 22-3 VT). Innings and outs don't matter ....
VT up to bat, R2 and R3 ....
Pitch comes in and gets away from F2, he scrambles and grabs it and looks to R3 who was tempted to score but retreats ... F2 throws the ball that procedes to hit the batters bat sitting on his shoulder square in the box, ... he NEVER moved ....I instantly hear "INTERFERENCE" ...just as I "safe" and say "that's nothing"...
"he's got to move"
"no he doesn't"
"yes he does"
"Greg, ...he's in the box, and didn't interfere, he doesn't have to move, that's nothing"
and that was it.....
but you heard the team and the coaches discussing it a couple batters later ..... "it doesn't matter, he's got to get out of the way"
Also,... HT was down 12 -2 in game 2 at this point....
Oh well ...
By Umpire in Chief
A friend and I were talking this weekend about a play he saw in the game before his.
Situation - Competitive collegiate wooden bat league, R1, no outs.
R1 breaks to second on the pitch, batter steps back out of the box (away from catcher).
F2 misplays the catch and the ball bounces back toward the batter.
The batter for whatever reason taps the rolling ball back to the catcher with his bat.
PU calls the batter out for interference and returns the runner.
The excrement hits the rotary device and the offensive manager argues.
My friend and I both agreed that within the letter of the rules this is probably interference; but there was not a chance to put out the runner once the ball rolled that far away and common sense should have dictated a no call.
We thought this was grabbing the dirty end of the stick and not a word would have been said with a no call.