scratch hit

  1. a batted ball, usually poorly hit, barely enabling the batter to reach base safely: a scratch hit off the end of the bat.

Origin of scratch hit

First recorded in 1915–20

Words Nearby scratch hit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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.

  • 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