Be the Referee: Softball Strikeout

By Paige Winne
MHSAA Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

April 11, 2023

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Softball Strikeout - Listen

It’s time for … You make the call.

With a 3-2 count, a softball hitter takes a swing at a pitch that comes in high and inside.

Her swing completely misses the pitch, but the ball subsequently hits her on the right shoulder during the follow-through of her swing. What should happen?

Is the batter awarded first base for being hit by a pitch?

Is a foul ball called, with the count remaining full and the at-bat continuing?

Or is the batter out on strikes, and the ball is dead?

What about any potential runners on base – would they be allowed to advance in this scenario?

A batter with two strikes who swings and misses and then is subsequently hit by the pitch is out.

Any runners on base must stay put as the ball is ruled immediately dead after it hits the batter.

If you said it’s a strikeout – you are correct. And since it’s also ruled a dead ball after the out, any runners on base are not allowed to advance.  

Any strike that also hits the batter is ruled a strike … and no base is awarded for being hit by the pitch.

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