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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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Southeast Missourian

Southeast Missourian
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:03:45 -0700

Christina Scherer laid down a slap-bunt single to bring in Friga from second base. Scherer later scored, beating a throw to the plate on a one-out bunt. Bunting was something Notre Dame (3-0) did early and often against Tiffany with a slap-bunt or ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 20:56:15 -0700

“His natural instincts and his savvy speak to him,” Sofield said. “He's got a savvy that says here's what I need to do right now in order to be successful. That slap bunt, that Ichiro, lives in there. It works. It can work. Not everybody can do it ...

Grandlakenews

Grandlakenews
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:18:45 -0700

It looked like the Lady Bulldogs might have another two out rally in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Maggie Lokey hit a single and was joined on base by Tanner with a slap bunt only to have the inning run out before they could bring any runs in ...

MassLive.com

MassLive.com
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 10:39:51 -0700

With one out in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Northeast Regional American Legion baseball tournament at Bristol's Muzzy Field, Pittsfield Post 68 shortstop Kevin Donati precisely placed a slap bunt down the third baseline, hoping to leg out a bunt ...

ThisWeekNews

ThisWeekNews
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:15:00 -0700

Players can drag bunt, slap bunt or slap hit. Hitters stand in the back of the batter's box then begin to move forward when the pitcher releases the ball. They then bring their right foot back and step forward with their left. Contact should be made ...

Peninsula Daily

Peninsula Daily
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:30:56 -0700

Slappers, a term Gouge wholeheartedly embraces, also can slap-and-run with runners on base, slap bunt along the third-base line and soft slap when they see fielders edging back. “That's the great thing about slapping, you are always keeping the defense ...
 
Daily Ardmoreite
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:11:15 -0700

“In a game situation, it's good to have a switch-hitter that can slap (bunt) and has power from the right side,” Parnell said. “That's the great thing about her, is she's able to, in a situation where you need someone to slap bunt or something like ...

New Bern Sun Journal

New Bern Sun Journal
Wed, 20 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

“She is going to bring to our team a lot of quickness, batting from the left side and being able to slap bunt. She is going to add to our roster,” Stephens said. “The times I saw her play, she pitched a couple innings on her travel ball team. She is ...
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