Baseball Or Softball Comparison And Contrast Essay Final

662 Words Jul 4th, 2015 3 Pages
Baseball or Softball
Strike one, strike two, strike three you’re out. These are things that are heard during a baseball or softball game. Both baseball and softball are sports that girls and boys participate in. There are skills required to play both sports but they can be learned. They also provide exercise for the individual that plays and entertainment for those who watch. Both games are extremely similar, but they also have many differences.
Even though both sports appear different they are very similar in some instances in such ways that they both used balls that are spheres. There are four bases that have to be rounded to score a point, which is called a run. Baseball and softball fields are shaped like diamonds. There are positions
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longer than the distance between the mound and home plate in softball. The distance between bases also varies by field. In softball the distance between bases is shorter than the baseball field. If a player wants to hit a homerun in softball the distance is less than its counterpart. There is also a difference in the pitching mound. In baseball the mound is raised. In softball the mound is merely a flat circle marked with a white chalk outline.
The way in which a batter may bunt the ball in either baseball or softball is the same. Although when it comes to stealing bases in baseball the runner is allowed to steal whenever the ball is live (which is most of the time). In softball you are only allowed to steal once the pitcher releases the ball out of their hand, but the runner is not allowed to leave the base if the pitcher has the ball in the pitching circle. Another major difference between baseball and softball is the how the ball is thrown to the batter. In softball the ball is pitched underhanded and can be fast as it is in fast-pitch softball or slow like in slow-pitch softball. In baseball the ball is usually pitched overhanded in really fast speeds.
Whether you like baseball or softball I believe both games are entertaining and fun. Both games have very similar and very different rules than most people would expect with two different games.
My audience for this essay would be for students in the fourth or fifth grade.

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