Baseball plays and drills
Defense bunt
Playname: Wheel bunt coverage - 3b throw
• Bunt situation

• Ideally the hitter will try to lay the bunt down the 3rd base side to force the 3rd baseman off the bag, freeing up the backside for the runner on second to advance.

• The shortstop must keep the runner at second close before the play even starts.  SS must be chatting in the runner's ear to let him know he is there.
• Shortstop continues to mess with the runner.

• Smacking his glove, saying, "BACK, BACK."

• The closer the runner is to second, the easier he is to double up.
• Shortstop rotates INFRONT of the runner, obstructing his view.

• This is the moment both 1st and 3rd basemen begin to break toward home ready to field the bunt.

• Pitcher sees the runner is "missing" and delivers the pitch.  This delay by the runner at second will hold him there a split second longer.
• Shortstop begins SPRINTING to cover 3rd.  If the play is tipped off and the runner at 2nd is smart, he can race alongside the SS to 3rd and we have blown the play.

• 2B begins to break to cover second in case there is a chance for a double play.  

• There is no need for a fielder at 1st right now.  However, if the ball is fielded by the 3rd baseman, 1st baseman should return back to 1B to cover the bag.
• Runner at 1B gets a secondary lead and waits for the ball to be bunted.

• Pitcher begins to charge home along with 1st and 3rd basemen
• 2nd baseman arrives at second.

• Short is almost at 3rd.

• The 3 fields covering the bunt have the "net" almost closed.

• Runner at 1B secondary is large.
• The net is set.

• 2nd and 3rd are covered.

• Runners can't advance.
• Ball is bunted 3rd base side.

• Runners begin to advance.

• Catcher directs traffic "THREE, THREE, THREE!!!".

• 3rd baseman charge the bunt.
• Pitcher breaks to back up catcher (actually to get out of the way).

• 1st baseman begins to sprint back to 1st incase an error is made by the runner.

• Center field has also moved behind second to assist, not visible.

• Out of view is the left fielder backing up the throw to 3B.

• Out of view is the right fielder backing up the 1b side and will cover 1B if no one else does.
• 3rd baseman makes his throw and nails the runner
• Center fielder backs up 2B on an angle to receive an overthrow from 3B.

• Pitcher is off the field but ready to back up from a throw from LF because of an overthrow from 3rd baseman to SS.
Submitted by: Gary A. Larson
Sub categories: Fielding, Game situation

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