The offensive team is the team which is at bat at the time of play. The hitters on the defensive team will take turns attempting to hit pitches that are thrown by the pitchers on the opposing, defensive team. Once a hitter on the offensive team successfully hits a pitch, they become a hitter-runner or baserunner and must run to safely reach as many bases as they can without being put out by the defensive team. The ultimate goal of the runners on the offensive team is to safely reach the home plate to score a run and to end the game with more runs than the opposing team.