Softball and baseball are two different games, but they share a lot of similarities. Both sports involve a lot of running, throwing and hitting — but there are some key differences between the two that make each game unique.
First, let’s talk about the equipment. Baseball players use a bat to hit a ball, which is thrown by a pitcher. A softball player uses a bat and ball to hit, but the pitcher throws underhand so that the ball doesn’t fly as far. The distance between bases in softball is much shorter than in baseball.
Another difference between these two sports is that while in baseball, there are three strikes before you’re out (unless you’re on base), in softball, you’re out after three strikes or when you hit a foul ball while at bat.
Baseball players run all over the field while playing defense because they have to cover more ground than their counterparts in softball who stay closer to home plate to catch pop flies or bunt balls. All fielders must be able to catch fly balls and throw them back into play quickly; otherwise, it can lead to an out!
Last modified: October 23, 2022