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Runner on 1st, Cover 3rd when...

RADcatcher

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Dec 13, 2019
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Encourage practice our husle!

To defend 3rd base with a runner on first, with 3rd base crashing.
Catcher covers 3rd
When 3rd base fields bunt,
then 3rd goes and covers home.

Runner on first.
Batter bunts, or slow dibbler down left side.
Third base comes forward to field
Catcher goes out to field
InsantaneousIy
"Yelling whos got the play"
is heard
When 3rd is pulled away from their base.
Catcher covers 3rd!

Simply to note~
There are other ways folks may choose to cover 3rd
in this situation.

Prefer catcher over the pitcher.
Why?
For every reason the catcher is a catcher, not a pitcher! ;)

Here are a few pic's of a tag out at 3rd.
This is against Arizona.
Can see me in background already sprinting toward 3rd.
(sorry tv camara was late at 3rd on receiving the throw from first)
Throw was on target.
Runner made a HUGE hook slide/dive attempt.
(3rd base is actually behind me.)
Umpire Jack Atton ran down the line.

GO DEFENSE!

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Dec 15, 2018
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Prefer LF to cover if F5 can’t get back (or F6 reads no play / runner blowing past second and gets there).. Because if that throw gets away from a C at 3rd, now we have a sprint b/w runner and F3 (who just made the throw) to get to home. No bueno.
 

RADcatcher

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Prefer LF to cover if F5 can’t get back (or F6 reads no play / runner blowing past second and gets there).. Because if that throw gets away from a C at 3rd, now we have a sprint b/w runner and F3 (who just made the throw) to get to home. No bueno.
Do see sometimes coaches have LF cover 3rd. Who covers that overthrow?

After 3rd fields bunt.
They immdediatly cover home plate.
No foot race to cover home plate.
LF still has back up behind 3rd.
( in either case the foot race is to cover 3rd !)
Decision needs to be immediately!

*There are options which make strategy fun!:)
 
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Mar 6, 2016
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I've seen multiple ways in both baseball and softball, all can work depending on situation.

I've coached and seen 4 main ways:
1. The "wheel" play as I've always called it from baseball days where the middle infield "rolls to the right" SS rolls and covers 3rd as 3B breaks in to field bunt. 2B rolls right and covers 2nd and 1B stays home and P covers 1b side of line

2. Catcher runs and covers 3B as you described, but I've seen this get beat if C is slow to react or just plain slow. lol SS covers 2nd

3. Pitcher goes over to cover 3rd as 3B crashes and fields bunt. SS covers 2nd 2B covers 1st and 1B is in crashing.

4. Corners in - if runner on 2nd base only or on 1st and 2nd): corners are in selling out for bunt, SS cheats a bit toward 3rd for possible steal or fake bunt steal and to cover 3rd on bunt. 2B covers 1st. You are going for force play ea runner at 3rd or get out at 1st.

All have worked, depends on players abilities and situation of game. We use colors or number call for our bunt D. Each color = different bunt D.
 
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May 16, 2016
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We also have the catcher cover 3rd base when the 3rd baseman fields the bunt with a runner on 1st base. The reasons for this are

1- catcher already has momentum in that direction.
2- Catcher has all their equipment on, which will protect her more than the pitcher covering 3rd base.
3- I don't want my pitcher covering 3rd base on this play to avoid injury.
4- It is less likely that the 3rd base coach sees the catcher heading towards third base, especially at the younger ages where the coaches have not been around the block as much.
 

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