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**Arm and Hammer** So the drop third (or uncaught third) strike rule reads as such:

When the catcher fails to catch the third strike before the ball touches the ground when;

1. With fewer than two outs and first base is unoccupied at the time of the pitch, or

2. There are two outs and first base is occupied. This is called the third strike rule.

Or like this:

The Batter becomes a Batter-Runner when the catcher fails to catch the third strike before the ball touches the ground and there are:

1. Fewer than two outs and first base is not occupied at the time of the pitch, or

2. Any time there are two outs.

So with 2 out AND 1st base occupied, on a drop third the batter is allowed to attempt to advance to 1st base.

Questions is, what happens if bases are loaded with two strikes on batter and two outs and a drop third occurs? Can anyone find in the ASA rule book were this situation is covered?