scratch hit

scratch hit

n. Baseball
A batted ball that is not squarely struck or cleanly fielded but is counted as a hit.
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
I I Not only was this the birth of a brand-new alibi, but it could also have marked the origin of the "scratch hit."
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.
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.