Good coaches employ an aggressive approach with their offense attempting to find ways to score runs. When an offense puts players in motion, the team places pressure on the defense to perform. Even the threat of movement or speed on the bases changes or adjusts the thinking of the pitcher, catcher, and the defense. The hit and run and the run and hit are two different plays employed in different situations, but when run well, they can change the momentum in a game and cause excitement for the team and the fans.
What is the hit and run?
A Hit-and-Run play happens when the baserunner (who only has average speed) takes a conservative lead and then steals second when he is sure that the pitcher is throwing the ball to the plate. The hit and run is designed with the thought in mind that the team wants to stay out of a double play and move a player into scoring position, often by trading an out to make it happen. The hit and run puts a high amount of responsibility on the hitter (who must handle the bat well) to hit the ball on the ground. The coach will usually call for a hit and run in a fastball count (1-0 or 2-1) or a count where it is almost certain that he will have a fastball strike nearer to the heart of the plate. In both of those counts, the hit and run is effective because the pitcher will often go after the hitter as he is trying to avoid having to pitch in a 2-0 or 3-1 count. Want the entire article? Click here to become a TBB member today?