Hit Batter

Normally, if a pitched ball hits the batter, the batter is awarded first base. But there are situations when this is not the case.

But remember, the hands are NOT part of the bat.

If a pitched ball hits the batter in the hand, and the batter did not swing at the ball, and the ball was not in the strike zone … the batter is awarded first base.

Another example is when the batter swings at a pitch, and the ball hits him or her. … This also is called a strike, and the ball is dead.

First, if the ball hits the batter when the ball is in the strike zone, it is instead called a strike, and the ball is dead. … This sometimes happens when a batter squares around to bunt, part of his or her body is in the strike, and the ball hits that part of the body.