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Strikeout When up at bat, there are specific guidelines the umpire, as well as the pitcher and batter, must follow. For example, the pitcher is allowed to pitch up to four balls, or pitches that are not considered a strike. Once the pitcher pitches four balls, however, they have to walk the batter, or allow them to advance to the next base. If the batter incorrectly judges the ball and does not swing, they get a strike. They can also get a strike by swinging and missing. If the batter gets three strikes, they strikeout, and, as they name implies, the team has another out. strikeout
Catch If the batter hits the ball, but the ball is caught by an oponent, they are out and must return to the dugout popfly out

There are several ways to be tagged out. The situations in which a batter might be tagged out include:

  • The batter hits the ball and runs to first base. The ball is fielded, however, and the batter cannot get to the base in time before the opponent tags first base
  • The batter tries to steal a base (explained in the "runs" in "determining the score") or advance to another base, but is physically tagged by the opponent with the ball before reaching the base
  • A teammate hits the ball while another person(s) is at first, second, or third. Once collecting the ball, the other team tags the base the other person(s) is running to rather than first base
  • While running to the base, a runner is tagged with the ball
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