You’re in the outfield - right field to be exact, and the ball is a easy fly ball.
You’re under it with no sweat, make the catch … thinking it’s the third out, you flip the ball to the fans … being the nice guy that you are … but hold it… hold everything … it’s only two outs!!!
You motion to the fan who has your ball to give it back … being that your the hometown sweety… the ball comes back out of the stands and you gain posession for the second time.
As you look to the infield… the batter is rounding third and steamrolling towards home.
You launch the ball … and it’s a beauty … like a shot all the way home where your catcher is waiting … makes a marvelous catch… tags the base runner before he can touch the plate.
Is the batter runner out? Or, is he safe? Or is he directed back to a base due to some rule? (MLB rules apply)
(By the way, I was the fielder that had a brain fart and flip’d the ball into the stands.)