Dino has done it again!
Each one of these situations is worth studying and study to the point where you know them cold .. repeat them in your sleep, go to the field by yourself and visualize each situation, BE the runner on third and imagine a runner being forced out on third or second, imagine a fielding play where the batter doesn't reach first.
You'd be AMAZED at the lack of knowledge that volunteer coaches and their assigned scorekeepers have (don't) about the rules of our game.
In my case, there were two outs, the ball was a skipping grounder that caught our short stop deep - which he had to charge the ball, which he fumbled with it for a split second, then tossed to first to make the thrid out. The batter runner gave up half way to first for some reason. However, the runner on third had a huge lead and made it to home - no sweat. The other team started to jump up and down thinking they just jumped ahead by one run.
I will admit, with the ORB, H.S. Federation, LL Inc., Legion, and an assortment of all kinds of local "add on's", it can get kind of confusing at times.
Her's another rule that can be confusing:
Can a pitcher BALK with no runner's on? Don't jump to an answer on this one - it can be tricky. Here's the situation that one of my rookies did.
A pitcher prefers the set position as to the windup , no runners on, the pitcher has a short conference on the mound with the catcher, the catcher returns to his place, but the pitcher is concentrating so hard on the conversation with his catcher that he stays put - about one full foot in front of the rubber, the UIC says play , takes his set position, then delivers. With no runners on, I guess the BALK rule has no penality here?
Or Does it? If you were the club at bat, what would you expect?
(I know Dino knows .... how about some of you future prospects giving this one a shot ...)