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Old Wed Jun 13, 2018, 11:01pm
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Originally Posted by Altor View Post
I don't think anything is unclear. Obviously some people do or the OP would have never been posted.

If I had to guess, I would say it's trying to reconcile the fact that one rule says the runner and batter are both out and another rule says there cannot be a fourth out (with the exception).

Hell, after re-reading the are the one that pointed it out.
From what I understand, the discussion occurred among a group of umpires who worked both NFHS & USA. Some had a difficult time separating the two and insisted you couldn't get two outs. What is sad is that this is not a new rule and there were umpires who did not know this. Once the rule was read along with the associated RS, everyone was hopefully on the same page.
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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