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Old Fri May 10, 2024, 05:48pm
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Leaving base too early

NFHS Softball--Runners on 1B & 2B, 1 out. When pitcher releases ball to batter, umpire verbalizes "No pitch", runner left early. Offensive team begins to take the field, defensive team begins to leave the field. Confused, I asked a fan what out I missed. He said the umpire called both runners out for leaving early, thus 3 outs. I was unable to verify this in the NFHS Rule Book or Case Book. My thinking was that only one runner could be called out in this situation. By the way, it was a 3 man umpire crew.
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Old Sat May 11, 2024, 07:05am
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NFHS Softball--Runners on 1B & 2B, 1 out. When pitcher releases ball to batter, umpire verbalizes "No pitch", runner left early. Offensive team begins to take the field, defensive team begins to leave the field. Confused, I asked a fan what out I missed. He said the umpire called both runners out for leaving early, thus 3 outs. I was unable to verify this in the NFHS Rule Book or Case Book. My thinking was that only one runner could be called out in this situation. By the way, it was a 3 man umpire crew.
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Only one runner is called out for leaving before the release of the ball by the pitcher. Whichever one is seen first is the one that's called - everyone else on base returns to their last-touched base. Only one runner is because the ball is dead on the first violation.
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