Today I learned that when a batter swings, batters interference cannot happen.
I wish I was making this up,alas I am not. From a coach who has been involved in baseball for 30 years. He requested a tournament director, who told him that once games begin, the umpires are in charge. Coach said,"He doesn't know the rules." TD shook his head and walked away.
So I saw something in tonight's senior legion game that I have never seen in person before.
Bottom five R1. One out. Batter has no count. Pitch comes in and is foul tipped, R1 moving on the pitch. Batter stumbles in the box, but does not interfere with F2's throw to 2B, I point to batter and indicate "That's nothing!" after signifying a foul tip had occurred. R1 is safe at 2B, as ruled by @mhoffman.
Someone started yelling foul ball. I think it was F6, but couldn't say for sure. F1 receives the ball back from F6, and R1 proceeds to walk back to 1B. When R1 reaches 1B, the following ensues:
VTHC:" Hey Kevin, wasn't that a foul tip?"
Me: "Yes it was."
VTHC:"Isn't a foul tip a live ball?"
Me: "Yes it is"
VTHC: "Then why did you yell Foul Ball?"
Me: "I didn't"
VTHC: "Why is he headed back to first?"
Me: "I don't know"
VTHC:"Damn, we should've tagged him."
Next pitch R1, steals 2B again.