ground ball

noun

Definition of ground ball 

: a batted baseball that bounds or rolls along the ground

Examples of ground ball in a Sentence

He hit a ground ball to the shortstop.

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Prado fielded ground balls Monday and began light running. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tommy Hutton will retain honest, critical eye in return to Marlins TV," 11 June 2018 But early Wednesday, Scalise, a Louisiana State University alum, sported his usual alma mater gear, including a yellow jersey, went to and fielded some ground balls at second. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "A year after being shot, Rep. Steve Scalise takes to the baseball field," 6 June 2018 Candelario took batting practice, fielded ground balls and did not appear to have any issue throwing to first base. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Alex Wilson could soon be activated off disabled list for Detroit Tigers," 6 June 2018 His ground ball found Bogaerts, only to prolong the inevitable. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Squandered opportunities curse Astros in loss to Red Sox," 3 June 2018 After this season, Gracia will leave behind fielding ground balls and throwing to first base and stick solely to mound duties at Franklin Pierce. Matt Case, BostonGlobe.com, "Wilmington’s dynamic duo will continue together in college," 27 Apr. 2018 If a left-handed batter hits 70 percent of his ground balls to the right side of the infield, why not put three defenders between first and second base? Lee Judge Special To The Star, kansascity, "The Royals get shifty: a handy guide to infield positioning | The Kansas City Star," 11 Apr. 2018 Combating lower back stiffness, Correa took ground balls on Monday, his first semblance of baseball activity since being placed on the disabled list June 29. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Carlos Correa will miss series against Oakland," 10 July 2018 While battling the wrist issue, Shaw took ground balls at second base, fueling speculation that the Brewers might try playing him there. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At cost of personal numbers, Brewers' Shaw took one for team by playing with sore wrist," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of ground ball

1857, in the meaning defined above

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ground ball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ground ball

baseball : a ball that is hit by the batter and that rolls or bounces along the ground

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