First Base Coach
by Darren Butland
(Oshawa, Ontario, Canada )
Bases loaded, 1 out, batter strikes out. The runner on first breaks for second base and is immediately called back sliding into first as the first baseman catches the ball with their foot on the bag before our runner arrives but no tag is applied before our runner gets back to first base. The runner on third has been sent to home and the runner on second is breaking for third.
Q1. Does our runner returning to first have to be tagged out or is it a force out?
Q2. Even if the runners on second and third were still on their bases, would the runner returning to first have to be tagged out or does it qualify as a force out?