Answer: Dead ball and pitch must be judged as strike or ball for batter. Runner is awarded home. (BB- Rule 6-1-4; 8-3-1(a & c) )
Question: In high school softball only, runner is caught in rundown between third and home. Third baseman obstructs runner returning to third as shortstop tags runner out at third. Award runner third or home?
Answer: Umpire awards runner base she would have reached had she not been obstructed; hence, cancel the out and runner gains third base. (SB- Rule 8-4-3(b) )