Bret man.... and others? This question came upon another site. Most people were split as to whether score R1 or send R1 back to 3rd? Obstruction question. R1 at 3rd and R2 at 1st. No outs. Batter hits ground ball to the infield. R2 is put out at 2nd on a force play but was obstructed by F4 on her way to 2nd. R1 is heading home and touches the plate just after the force out at 2nd. (Defense had no play on R1 at home.) Per NFHS 8-4-3 and USA 8-5-B-2, ball is dead “if the obstructed runner is put out prior to reaching the base that would have been reached had there been no obstruction.” In discussion later with a UIC their interpretation was that the ball was dead at the time of the force out and R1 should be returned to 3rd. However, the USA rule also says “all other runners shall be awarded the base or bases which would have been reached, in the umpire’s judgment, had there been no obstruction.” In my opinion, had there been no obstruction R2 would have been out at 2nd and R1 would have scored. The NFHS Rule has similar language but refers to “each other runner affected by the obstruction.” Finally, NFHS case book 8.4.3, Sit. A refers to the umpire calling time “at the end of playing action or when the obstructed runner is put out.” So, bottom line question, if R1 touched the plate after the force out at 2nd must she be returned to 3rd?