A ball in baseball pitch which is pitched outside the strike zone and not swung at by the batter. The count keeps track of the number of strikes and balls for the batter at-bat. A ball can also be given to a batter if a balk occurs and there are no base runners on-base.
A ball can never be called when a batter takes a swing. All the credit to the batter if he can successfully hit the ball on a pitch outside the strike zone, a decision he must make. If the pitch touches the ground and then bounces into the strike zone, it's still a ball. 4 balls and the batter becomes an instant runner entitled to first base on a walk. Also, any pitch that hits the batter is an instant walk.