Baseball plays and drills
Defense bunt
Playname: Wheel bunt coverage - pickoff
Bunt situation

• Ideally the opposing team has seen you do the wheel play at least once.
• Shortstop continues to mess with the runner just like a regular wheel play.
• 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.

• As soon as the runner is bliocked by SS, the 2nd baseman begins to break toward 2B.

• This is the moment both 1st and 3rd basemen begin to break toward home ready to field the bunt, but will back off and cover their respective bases.
• 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.
• Pitcher throws the to the bag NOT the 2nd Baseman!

• Before the runner realizes it, a throw is made.

• 1st and 3rd basemen begin to retreat backward.
• 2nd baseman arrives at second and the ball is right there.

• Pitcher begins to backup the possible rundown.

• Shortstop also begins to move toward 3B for the possible rundown.
• The net is set.

• All bases are covered.

• Runner at second is picked and the runner at first can't advance.
Submitted by: Gary A. Larson
Sub categories: Fielding, Game situation, Defense

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