LOADED BASES WITH 1 OUT. BATTER HITS A SLOW GROUNDER TO THE SS. R2 CLEARLY INTEFERES WITH THE SS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A PLAY ON THE BATTED BALL. R3 IS ALMOST AT HOME BY THE TIME THE SS WENT TO FIELD THE BALL. WHAT'S THE CALL?
Rule 7.08(b) – Any runner is out when…….He/She intentionally interferes with a THROWN ball; or hinders a fielder attempting to make a play on a BATTED ball;
Rule 7.08(b) Comment: A runner who is adjudged to have hindered a fielder who is attempting to make a pay on a BATTED ball is OUT whether it was intentional OR NOT (this got some guys as it does not have to be intentional). If, however, the runner has contact with a legally occupied base when he hinders the fielder, he shall not be called out unless, in the umpire’s judgment, such hindrance, whether it occurs in fair or foul territory, is intentional. If the umpire declares the hindrance intentional, the following penalty will apply: With less than two out, the umpire shall declare both the runner and the batter out. With two out, the umpire shall declare the batter out.
Now if you thought a double play was possible, this is your judgment these rules could also apply
Rule 7.09(f) - It is interference by a batter or a runner when………….IF, in the judgment of the umpire, a BASE RUNNER willfully and deliberately interferes with a BATTED ball or a fielder in the act of fielding a BATTED ball with the OBVIOUS intent to break up a double play, the ball is dead. The umpire shall call the RUNNER out for interference and ALSO call out the BATTER-RUNNER because of the action of his teammate. In no event may bases be run or runs scored because of such action by a runner
Rule 7.09(g) talks about interference by the BATTER-RUNNER so you may want to have a look but pretty much the same ruling but the BR is out and the runner closest to home is also out.
It’s important to note that on the interference the ball is immediately DEAD and all runners return to their base. So in the situation above had I not thought a double play was possible Batter would go to 1st base, R1 to 2nd base, R2 is out, and R3 stays on third. Obviously had I ruled a Double Play was possible we’d have 3 outs but if there had been no outs and I thought a DP was possible Batter is out, R1 returns to 1st, R2 is out, and R3 returns to third. So 2 outs with runners on 1st and 3rd.