Tonight in a high school game we had runners on first and third. The pitcher, without stepping off the rubber, steps towards third like a lefty attempting to pick a runner off first. The pitcher fakes the throw to third and spins picking our runner off of first… the umpire calls our kid out.
Our coach briefly argued with the umpire but off course the call was not reversed. The home plate umpire was asked to review the call but refused saying it was the field umpire’s call.
After the game I ask my son why they bothered arguing the call as it was a perfectly clean move… my son informed me the rule was changed a few years ago and in pro ball and college ball it is a balk. He then said “I guess the rule in high school has not followed suit”…
Upon doing some research I found the rule was indeed changed in 2013. But is this move still permitted in high school baseball?