A groundout is a type of putout that occurs when the batter hits a ground ball that gets received by a fielder, who then puts the batter out by stepping on or throwing the ball to first base. Groundouts may also take place if the batter reaches first base but the defensive team records an out on another member of the offensive team via a fielder’s choice.
When is a Hitter Out on a Ground Out?
To be put out on a ground out, batters must hit the ball so that it hits the ground before making contact with anything or anyone else; an infielder then catches the ball and throws it to another member of the defending team at first base in order for the out to be complete. The ground out is officially completed once the member of the defending team at first base either tags the batter or catches the ball while making contact with first base.
When Do Ground Outs Typically Occur?
Ground outs tend to take place on pitches that are made lower in the strike zone. They are most often caused by pitches that have a steep, downward movement, e.g. sinkers and sliders, as these pitches don’t allow enough time for the hitter to adjust their swing to hit the baseball on its sudden drop.