How to Score a Dropped Third Strike

    Score the play "K WP" if the batter reaches first base on a wild pitch third strike. Wild pitches are considered the pitcher's fault.

    Score the play "K PB" if the batter reaches first base on a passed ball third strike. Passed balls are considered the catcher's fault.

    Score the play "K 2-3" if the third strike is uncaught, but the catcher throws the batter out at first base. The "2" signifies the catcher's numerical position in scoring, and the "3" represents the first baseman. If, by some chance, another player gets in on the putout, score the play with the appropriate positional numbers.

    Score the play "K 2U" if the third strike is uncaught, and the catcher tags out the batter before he reaches first. The "U" represents unassisted, meaning the catcher made the putout himself.


  • In all instances, even if the batter reaches first base, the pitcher and batter both receive a strikeout. Pitchers can conceivably record more than three strikeouts in an inning. The hitter gets an "0-for-1" in the box score.
  • If the ball is tipped by the bat and uncaught by the catcher in foul territory, the play is ruled a foul ball, and the batter remains in the box.
  • Keep a book with scorekeeping hints and tips handy. Baseball is full of obscure rules, and you never know which ones you'll need to refer to during a game.

Things Needed

  • Pencil
  • Scorecard

About the Author

Based in California, Scott Levin has served as a writer and copy editor since 2000. His articles have appeared in the "Chico News & Review," "Wildcat Illustrated," the "Chico Enterprise-Record" and on websites such as The Sports Informant. Levin earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University, Chico.