scratch hit

scratch hit

n. Baseball
A batted ball that is not squarely struck or cleanly fielded but is counted as a hit.
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While he was thrilled to see the STEM program in action, what left the biggest impression on the governor was Gabe, a sixth-grader in Math II, who was put on the spot to show the state dignitaries how, by taking variables into account and doing some trial-and-error research, to make a mini-catapult constructed from scratch hit its target.
At 50', two slugs cut the 10 and 8 rings while the third is a scratch hit outside the 7 ring at 9 0 clock.
And the results for Lackey and the Angels were bad because, typical of Lackey's luck, the four grounders yielded not outs but fielding gaffes and scratch hits.
In his second appearance, in Philadelphia on July 1, he was simply overpowering, holding the opposing Orioles to 2 scratch hits while striking out 13 and walking no one.
He hurt himself with a couple of ill-timed walks, got nicked by a couple of scratch hits, and was victimized by an error at a position the Red Sox are normally perfect at, first base.
Two soft scratch hits, a sacrifice and a walk loaded the bases for the Colts.