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Here’s a Quick and Easy Way To Bunt in Softball

Many people think that a successful ‘at bat’ in a softball game consists of a monster home run or a grand slam that puts the team ahead by 4 runs. While that is certainly the ideal, there are many other ways to help your team score, even if you are not the most powerful hitter on the planet. Perfecting the art of bunting can help your team score a run whether it means sacrificing yourself or getting to the first base successfully.

In order to bunt successfully, the opposing team’s defense cannot have time to prepare. You need to take them by surprise or it will be relatively easy for them to snag the ball and throw you (and potentially your teammates, depending on the situation) out. So you will need to assume the standard ‘at bat’ position while you are waiting for the pitch. Your shoulders and feet should be pointed at the pitcher and you should be squared off. Wait for the pitch to be released before making your move. The less of a heads up you give the defense, the better your shot of making it on to the base.

With your hands either directly on top of each other or slightly separated by a few inches, move the bat to a more tilted angle and try to gently tap it into play. You don’t want to swing the way you would normally, simply allow the bat to take the impact. Ideally, you want to direct the ball just past the pitcher’s mound and first base to make it more likely that if anyone is thrown out it will be you rather than the runner in scoring position. You do not want to try to push at the ball, just sort of allow it to hit the bat and allow the bat to take the impact of the pitch.

Once you have mastered the art of the sacrifice bunt (a bunt intended to sacrifice yourself while allowing another runner to score), you can move on to more advanced bunting techniques. While bunting is definitely a part of the game of baseball, it is much more common to see the strategy used in softball since the sport relies so heavily on the defense rather than the offense trying to knock the ball out of the park. Bunting puts a ton of pressure on the defense and in many cases, the defense is unable to respond quickly enough to make the play.

Kevin Eaton
 

Keavin Eaton lives with his wife and two boys in New Orleans, LA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Phys Ed from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the Louisiana State University. As an athlete, Kevin competed in many sports including wrestling, rowing, speed skating and bobsleigh before finding skeleton. Opinions expressed by Kevin on Play Famously are his own.

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