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  • J – good question! Sounds like a Level 3 exam scenario.
    The number of outs and whether the interference is judged intentional or not is critical in determining who is called out.
    In the situation you described, but with less than two outs, both runner and batter may be called out.
    Rule 7.08 (b) Penalty 1
    “With 2 out, the umpire shall declare the batter out.”
    Rule 10.09 (c)(7)
    “When the batter-runner is called out because of interference by a preceding runner … the official scorer shall credit the put-out to the first-base fielder.”
    So, batter out INT3 – first base gets automatic credit for the out.

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