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The Question …
Since the umpires have merged into one organization, and with new stadiums, a lot of these officials will be working games in parks they've never seen before. So at the spring umpire meeting they go over strange ground rules. And of course 80% of the strange ground rules involve Wrigley Field, Chicago. (Before the lights, Wrigley had more special ground rules than all the other parks combined.)
With a runner on first and no outs, the batter hits a one hopper to the wall that sticks in the ivy. The outfielder puts his hands in the air. Before the umpire reaches the wall the ball falls out of the ivy and the fielder picks up the ball, throws to second base where the hitter is tagged while slowly walking back to second base. Is the runner safe or out? Why?
Star Tracking …
May 5, 2001
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles wrapped up the Miss-Lou Conference and Region 23 Division I softball championships with a doubleheader sweep of Bossier Parish at Northeast Park Friday afternoon. MCC had to score four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 win in the opener. In the second game, the Lady Eagles scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-0 run-rule win. MCC's Amy Adcox tossed a one-hitter in the second game. MCC, ranked 19th in the latest NJCAA poll, improved to 37-11 with the sweep, while Bossier closed out its year at 34-15-2.
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma cornerback Michael Thompson has always had the task of covering the opposing team's best wide receiver. Now, the 20 year-old Thompson faces the more difficult challenge of recovering from a near-fatal automobile accident. He remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday, one day after his pickup truck slammed into a tree in Norman. He underwent eight hours of surgery to repair a broken leg, jaw and ankle. He also had cuts to both knees, a deep cut to his right hamstring and a pelvic injury that caused internal bleeding, said Dr. David Teague, an orthopedic surgeon.
May 5, 1997
Scott Berry's No. 1-ranked Meridian Community College Eagles tuned up for Thursday s Region 23 Baseball Tournament Sunday afternoon with a 9-4 win against the visiting Sun Chiefs of Faulkner State (Ala.) Community College at MCC field. The Eagles, who improved to 46-5 overall and 30-0 at home, outhit the 38-13 Sun Chiefs 20-12.
With the Mississippi Private School Association Overall State Golf Tournament on Wednesday in Canton, what better way to get ready for the event than by winning the 1997 Rush/Boy Scouts of America Four-Ball Golf Tournament at Northwood Country Club. That's just what Lamar High golfers Dan Singley and David Russell did Sunday. It wasn't easy though. The talented Raider tandem had to go two extra holes to defeat the team of Jason Anders and David Sinclair to walk away with the first place hardware. Both teams finished regulation play deadlock at 3-under-par 139. On No. 1, the first playoff hole, both teams made par. However, Singley and Russell birdied No. 2 to claim the top spot in the two-day event.
May 5, 1992
Just one look was all it took. One visit was all Monte Marshall needed to know he wanted to play baseball at Birmingham Southern College. It was made possible Monday night when Marshall signed a scholarship with Birmingham Southern before a small gathering of friends and family. Marshall is hitting .380 as the Wildcats prepare for their first-round playoff game against Harrison Central.
Ryan Satcher
The Answer …
The runner is out. And the reason: time isn't called until the umpire sees the ball is stuck, therefore the ball was still in play.

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