The Importance of Bunting in Fastpitch Softball


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A Western Governors University MBA student, Lori Manning has experience in academic leadership positions such as executive director of ZES Educational Services. A former softball standout at Oklahoma Baptist University, Lori Manning has also served as a community coach, teaching players the fundamentals of softball spanning pitching, catching, and hitting.

One important aspect of offense in fastpitch softball involves maximizing the “short” game through bunting. This is far more important than in baseball, although the basic goal of advancing runners is much the same. Successful bunting strategies can take advantage of fielding weaknesses in the third baseman, pitcher, or first baseman, who in most cases will be be the players responsible for fielding the ball and throwing out the runner at first.

One particular situation in which bunts work well is when a runner is at third base and there are fewer than two outs. This bunt, termed a “squeeze”, put the fielding team in a bind. The fielders will have to decide whether to get the player out at first or protect home plate and prevent the run. This can not only lead to a safe runner at first but create pressure that leads to defensive errors.