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Batted Ball Batter’s Interference

If a batter interferes with the natural course of a fair batted ball, the ball is declared dead and all runners return to the base last occupied at the time of the pitch. There are several components of batter’s interference covered in the rules.

  • If the batter is in a legal position in the batter’s box, and in the umpire’s judgment, there was no intention to interfere with the course of the ball, a batted ball that strikes the batter or his bat shall be ruled a foul ball.
  • After hitting or bunting a fair ball, his bat hits the ball a second time in fair territory. The ball is dead and no runners may advance.
  • If the batter-runner drops his bat and the ball rolls against the bat in fair territory and, in the umpire’s judgment, there was no intention to interfere with the course of the ball, the ball is alive and in play
  • Broken Bat (Fair): If batted ball hits broken bat in fair territory, there is no interference and the ball is live.
  • Broken Bat (Foul): If batted ball hits broken bat in foul territory, the play shall be declared a foul ball.
  • Helmet (Fair): If a fallen batting helmet is accidentally hit with a batted ball in fair territory, there is no interference and the ball is live.
  • Helmet (Foul): If a fallen batting helmet is accidentally hit with a batted ball in foul territory, it is a foul ball.
  • Thrown Bat: If a whole bat thrown into fair territory interferes with a defensive player attempting to make a play, it is interference, whether the bat was thrown intentionally or accidentally.

A batter intentionally drops his bat near a batted ball.

  • Thrown Miscellaneous Equipment: If any other equipment is thrown and interferes with a defensive player attempting to make a play, it is interference. Elastic clause Rule 9.01(c) covers all other unique situations.

Retiring the Batter: [Official Rule 5.09(a)(2)] Comment]

Batter Out: [Little League Rule 6.05]