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Slap bunting is an offensive baseball and softball technique described as "the idea behind the skill is to hit the ball to a place on the infield that's farthest from the place where the out needs to be made".[1]

To execute slap bunting, the player is almost always in the back of the left-hand side of home plate, feet slightly open to right field, and choked up slightly on the bat. The moment the pitch is released from the pitchers hand, the player must rotate his hips toward the pitcher and then cross his back (left) foot over his front foot, moving up to the very front edge of the batters box.[2] His shoulders should face the pitcher at this point. If the pitch is in the strike zone, the player should then extend his arms so that the bat is at the correct angle for where he wants to place the ball — the barrel trailing the hands if he wants the ball to go to the left side of the field, and the opposite if he wants it to go to the right.

The technique is quite common in softball because of the difficulty of getting a hit with a pitcher only 40 feet (12 m) away. By already being in the front of the batters box with the batter's body turned halfway toward first base, the batter already has some momentum toward first base and might be in better position to get a base hit.[1]

The technique is often successful in sacrifice circumstances, where the placement of the ball could help advance a runner already on base. It is also often used when batters are having difficulty getting a hit off of a difficult pitcher, or when they have a better opportunity of getting on base because of the slap bunt than a hit, perhaps because of the player's running speed.

Some advanced players might perform a slap hit, which is the same technique except that the player swings to place the ball in an infield hole or over the infielders' heads.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walker, Kirk (2007). The Softball Drill Book. Human Kinetics. ISBN 978-0-7360-6070-7. 
  2. ^ "How to Slap Bunt". 

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Springvillejournal

Springvillejournal
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700

“We have to make contact,” Szczerbacki said. “Whether it's doing drag bunt, slap bunt or a slap hit, we have to put pressure on the defensive team and hope that they're not playing clean. We can't go out there and think that we're just going to crush ...
 
Troy Messenger
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:38:46 -0700

Casey Allen and Samantha Roy reached on back-to-back singles, and later scored on throwing errors following a slap bunt from Haley Hughes. Allen scored on a high throw to the catcher following the bunt, and Roy came home after the catcher fired the ...
 
Hillsboro Times Gazette
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:49:56 -0700

Grace Larrick led off the inning with a slap bunt single to the left side of the infield and promptly stole second base. Kaitlin Evans double to left centerfield to score Larrick and took third on a throwing error. One out later, Cynnamon Sova-Davy ...
 
Lasorda's Lair
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:32:43 -0700

Blanco tries to slap bunt, but Uribe is positioned perfectly to make the play. Left hander Jeremy Affeldt comes in to pitch the top of the eighth for the Giants. Gonzo leads off with a double over Morse's head. But kemp pathetically whiffs, and then ...
 
Hillsboro Times Gazette
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:38:04 -0700

Halie Chain followed with an infield single advancing Sova-Davy to second base. Shaylee Carson laid down a slap bunt to third baseman Jordan Cordell, who turned an improbable double play thanks to two major base running blunders by the Lady Lions.
 
Emporia Gazette
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:18:45 -0700

Giffin opened the game with a single before Kelsey Gordon reached on a slap bunt to give Emporia two on with nobody out. On a hit-and-run, however, the Spartans were unable to make contact and Giffin was thrown out at third to put a damper on the threat.

Woonsocket Call

Woonsocket Call
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:48:45 -0700

Carlton also walked two batters (only her fourth and fifth free passes of the year) and carried a no-hit bid into the sixth, only to watch Alissa Harris ruin it by leading off with a slap bunt single to the left side of the diamond. “As good as Karissa ...
 
Fort Scott Tribune
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:08:48 -0700

Katie Gorman led off the bottom of the first and reached on a slap bunt. She stole second and moved to third when Wade singled to third base. Wade moved up, then Gray drove in Gorman on a groundout. Taylor Krokroskia drove in courtesy runner Emily ...
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