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NFHS 6-2-4d1, 7-2-1e, 7-3-1

NFHS 6-2-4d1, 7-2-1e, 7-3-1/OBR [This one is not done; Kyle is getting back to me on it]

If there are runners on base, a pitcher has started his delivery, and the batter requests time or steps out of the batter’s box:

  1. And the pitcher pitches the ball,
    1. It is an automatic strike if the batter stayed in the box or stepped out with only one foot.
    2. Two strikes are called if the batter stepped out of the box with both feet.
  2. And the pitcher hesitates and does not pitch,
    1. There is no penalty if the batter stayed in the box or only stepped out of the box with one foot. They “reset” and try again.
    2. A strike is called if the batter stepped out of the box with both feet.

If the batter is intentionally trying to make the pitcher balk by these actions, he is ejected.

[OBR: Aa is a strike or ball as usual. Ab; there are never two strikes called on one pitch. I believe that MLB has no penalty for Bb though there is in MiLB under pace of game.]