Baseball Base Hits

What is a base hit? What is it called if a batter-runner gets safe on 1st base, 2nd base, or 3rd base? Get ready to learn about the base hits in baseball.


We've already learned about the batter and what it means to be at-bat. A goal of the batter is to get on-base by hitting pitches thrown by the pitcher.

In this tutorial, we will learn about base hits in baseball, what they are, and how they impact a baseball game.

Base Hits

We've already learned one way batters can get on base, which is by drawing a walk. Batters can also get on base by hitting the baseball. If the batter successfully makes contact with the pitch and the baseball lands in fair territory, the batter becomes a batter-runner and must try and reach first base. If the fielders cannot throw the batter-runner out on time, he can safely reach a base. This is called a base hit. A base hit is an umbrella term for any hit that results in a batter-runner safely reaching a base.

Baseball Base Hit

Singles, Doubles, and Triples

The most common types of base hits are singles, doubles, and triples. Their names come from how many bases a batter-runner touches before they safely land on a base.


A single is a base hit that brings the batter-runner safe on first base.

Baseball Single


A double is a base hit that brings the batter-runner safe on second base.

Baseball Double


A triple is a base hit that brings the batter-runner safe on third base.

Baseball Triple

Choosing What Base To Stop At

The reason a batter-runner would stop at a certain base, as opposed to trying to reach a more advanced base, is based on a judgment call by the player and/or the base coaches. If the fielders have successfully collected the baseball and could reasonably throw the baseball to the next base before the batter reaches it, the batter would prefer to stop at an earlier base. Hard hit baseballs usually result in the batter reaching a higher base, because it would take the outfielders more time to get the baseball back to the infield in order to throw the batter out.

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