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Softball Scoring Question?

Feb 26, 2020
How do you score, in the scorebook, a pop up that pops out of the 3rd baseman's glove but is caught by the pitcher, before it hits the ground, for the out? I have been told two things. One is you score that as a F-1 and the other answer is you score it as F 5-1. What is correct? Thank you...
May 24, 2013
So Cal
I'm not sure about what is technically "correct", but I would probably enter it as F-1.

EDIT: In GameChanger/iScore, I don't think you can credit more than 1 player on a fly ball out. On a paper score book, I don't see an issue with using F5-1 as the entry to document the play.
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Mar 20, 2019
I would score it F 5-1, I don't see the difference in this situation and one where the pitcher deflects the ball to the short stop who then throws to first.

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Nov 18, 2015
Maybe F-5-1? Or F-5A-1 - the "A" to show an assist? (Is that even a stat? It's still basketball season - the lines are getting blurred...)

Either way - if it's an actual scorebook - I'd add a few !!! at the end to remind me it was a unique / memorable play.

Also - welcome to DFP!
Oct 24, 2010
Assist is a thing. From the ATEC scoring guide:

1. An assist is credited to any fielder who deflects a batted or thrown ball and
whose deflection helps make a putout possible, or the putout would have occurred
had no succeeding error taken place.

F5-1 works. Or P5-1 if you note popups.
May 24, 2013
So Cal
Sounds more like an error recovered by the pitcher than an assist
A ground ball misplayed by F5, but recovered by F6, and the play made to get the out, you would score as G5-6-3. Intentionally an assist or not, they still had a hand in the play.
Jun 6, 2016
Sounds more like an error recovered by the pitcher than an assist
Definitely not an error.

I lean toward giving an assist to the person who deflects the ball in this situation, too. There is a note in the scoring rules about how you don't award an assist if the contact is "ineffective" (I think that's the wording), but there are no case plays and I have no idea what they really mean by that.

Oh, and for those who don't know: Any runners tagging can leave as soon as the ball touches the third baseman's glove.