League has a time rule - cannot start a new inning once 105 minutes are on the clock (1hr 45 min)

League also has a minimum 4 inning rule to be an official game but the time rule supercedes this (haven't seen a game in our league in 6 years where it mattered)

League rule - Each team may score a maximum of 5 runs per inning for the first 4 innings, innings 5+ are open.

Situation:

Home team at bat in bottom of the 3rd inning, score tied 10-10 with nobody out, bases empty, 4 runs scored so far in the bottom of the inning and 1hr 44 minutes expired on the clock.

Immediately following the fourth run scored by the home team in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Away team manger calls Time Out and requests the umpire to intentionally walk the next four batters in a row without the batters approaching the batters box or taking their base. The umpire awards the Away team 4 automatic intentional walks, thereby automatically scoring the 5th run making the score 11-10 for the Home team AND, allowing the Away team to begin the 4th inning prior to the clock expiring.

My understanding of the intentional walk rule is that a batter must approach the plate and he must be awarded his base. Therefore, at least 4 batters would have had to come to the plate and at least 4 batters would have had to proceed to their bases, easily eliminating the minute that remained on the clock.

Nobody, including the umpire had heard of this before so he granted the Away team Manager's request and told the Home team to protest the game if they didn't like his decision.

League has a time rule - cannot start a new inning once 105 minutes are on the clock (1hr 45 min)

League also has a minimum 4 inning rule to be an official game but the time rule supercedes this (haven't seen a game in our league in 6 years where it mattered)

League rule - Each team may score a maximum of 5 runs per inning for the first 4 innings, innings 5+ are open.

Situation:Home team at bat in bottom of the 3rd inning, score tied 10-10 with nobody out, bases empty, 4 runs scored so far in the bottom of the inning and 1hr 44 minutes expired on the clock.

Immediately following the fourth run scored by the home team in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Away team manger calls Time Out and requests the umpire to intentionally walk the next four batters in a row without the batters approaching the batters box or taking their base. The umpire awards the Away team 4 automatic intentional walks, thereby automatically scoring the 5th run making the score 11-10 for the Home team AND, allowing the Away team to begin the 4th inning prior to the clock expiring.

My understanding of the intentional walk rule is that a batter must approach the plate and he must be awarded his base. Therefore, at least 4 batters would have had to come to the plate and at least 4 batters would have had to proceed to their bases, easily eliminating the minute that remained on the clock.

Nobody, including the umpire had heard of this before so he granted the Away team Manager's request and told the Home team to protest the game if they didn't like his decision.

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