Thread: Walking steal.
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Old Mon Sep 01, 2003, 01:58pm
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Originally posted by CecilOne
So it's no pitch. In ASA, the runner gets the closest base and in NFHS goes back to 2nd.
Speaking ASA

Only if the umpire is not doing their job, or the pitcher, catcher and batter are not paying attention.

The umpire should be out from behind the catcher toward 3B, mask in left hand watching the runner advance to 3B. As the PU is moving to that position, s/he may want to quietly state, "step out, batter" in an even further effort to prevent a possible problem. If none of this grabs the girls' attention and the pitcher begins the delivery with a batter in the box, then I would rule "no pitch" and place the runner on the closest base.

The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.
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