a batted ball, usually poorly hit, barely enabling the batter to reach base safely: a scratch hit off the end of the bat.
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How to use scratch hit in a sentence
Neither side was able to tally, although a scratch hit put a Giant on first and a passed ball advanced him to second.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team | Lester Chadwick
Not even a scratch hit had marred Joes wonderful performance, nor had he given a single base on balls.Baseball Joe, Home Run King | Lester Chadwick
Houghton, the Point catcher, got a scratch hit, and reached the first bag but died there when Mason struck out.The Lucky Seventh | Ralph Henry Barbour
He made a valiant effort to profit by Post's scratch hit to shortstop but was easily thrown out at second.The Crimson Sweater | Ralph Henry Barbour
A scratch hit to third followed by slow fielding took him safely to first.The Crimson Sweater | Ralph Henry Barbour