Answer: This is considered an “unmistakable” appeal play and is treated as a live ball appeal of the runner who left the base on a caught fly ball (line drive) too soon before the initial ball touch. The immediate action by the shortstop and first baseman is deemed an appeal. (BB- Rule 2, Sec. 6, Art. 3 & Rule 8-2-6 (a & b); SB- Rule 2, Sec. 34 & Rule 2-1-2(b))
Question: Bases loaded; no outs; batter hits line drive to shortstop, who drops the ball and the ensuing action gains a triple play. Is this an infield rule situation?
Answer: A line drive or bunt play does not allow the infield fly rule to be called; hence, ball remains live and outs recorded. If infielder intentionally dropped line drive to gain advantage; dead ball; batter is out and runners return to base at time of pitch. (BB- Rule 5, Sec. 1, Art. 1(j) & Rule 8-4-1(c); SB- Rule 5, Sec. 1, Art. 1(l) & Rule 8-2-10 & Rule 8-5-8)