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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The Mustangs put a couple of runners on in their final at bat, including Rutkowski’s fourth hit. but Haines induced three ground balls for outs to send her team onto the state championship game. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "CMW beaten by Westminster in state softball semifinal," 24 May 2018 Martínez swung and got jammed, fisting a weak ground ball to first base, ending the game and leaving him with nothing besides the handle of his bat. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Mariano Rivera Elected Unanimously to Baseball Hall of Fame," 22 Jan. 2019 Then, Jeimer Candelario hit a soft ground ball to second base for an RBI fielder’s choice. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers can't hold on, lose to Chicago Cubs 5-3," 3 July 2018 The biggest departure is Campbell, who hounded opposing midfielders, scooped up ground balls, and emerged as a force in the transition game. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Review & preview: St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse," 13 June 2018 Yuli Gurriel poked an outside slider to center field, stretching a ground ball single to a double. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' strong night leads Astros to victory against Athletics," 13 June 2018 Mitch Haniger led off with a single, advanced to third on Cano’s double to right and scored Jean Segura’s ground ball to shortstop. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "It’s back … Robinson Cano’s power on display with a three-run homer to lift Mariners past Astros 7-4," 20 Aug. 2018 Maddie had 56 goals, 18 assists, and 80 ground balls in 12 games played. Ryan Hathaway, BostonGlobe.com, "Norwell girls lacrosse one step away from Division 2 crown," 23 June 2018 Mookie Betts fields a ground ball during batting practice. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers vs. Red Sox: What to Watch for in the World Series," 23 Oct. 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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