The punch-and-judy hitter squares, the wooden bat parallel to the ground, awaiting the pitch.
Contact is made, the 95 mile-per-hour fastball met with passive blunt impact, the baseball dropping softly onto the grass, skittering slowly up the third-base line.
The pitcher bounds in, nearly colliding with the aggressive quick strides of the catcher. The third baseman is also moving in, yet the ball loses momentum and trickles to a stop.
The batter easily crosses first base without a throw as the infield defense collectively shrugs its shoulders.