In this defense drill, offense learns to bunt a runner over, while the defense learns to work together to execute good bunt defense.
- Infielders set up at their positions.
- Runner at first base.
- Batter steps into the batter’s box.
- This drill is offense versus defense – first one to 10 points wins.
- Offense scores a half point if batter bunts runner to second.
- If runner is safe at second and batter is safe at first the offense earns a full point.
- Also if pitcher throws a “ball” that is not buntable it is a point for the offense.
- The defense scores a point if the pitcher throws a strike that is either not bunted or bunted foul.
- They also earn a point if they get the runner out at second. If they turn a double play they get two points.
Stress all of the following in this drill:
- Pitchers need to throw strikes
- Batters need to be able to recognize what pitches to bunt and what pitches to lay off of
- Runners have to make good decisions so they don’t get picked off or doubled up
- Fielders need to be able to make the correct play under pressure
- Up the competitiveness and pressure even more by requiring the losing team to run.