Answer: Dead ball; batter-runner is out for intentionally contacting ball with bat a second time in fair territory. Batter is responsible for release of rolling bat. (BB – Rule 8, Sec. 4, Art. 1(d); SB – Rule 7-4-13 & 14)
Question: Batter-runner taps a fair ball which backspins and contacts the motionless bat on fair territory and remains fair. Live/dead ball? Is batter called out? What is the call if ball rolled foul?
Answer: If ball contacts a still bat, ball remains live; hence, if ball stays fair, ball remains in play. If ball rolls foul, dead ball, strike on batter. There is no infraction if ball contacts a motionless bat on field. (BB – Rule 7-3-6; SB – Rule 7-4-14)