Saw this for the first time last night and curious for feedback . . .
Bases loaded, one out and the batter lifts a dinky pop up toward 3B. The home plate umpire puts into effect the infield fly rule and barks loudly, "Batter's Out.'' Now it gets tricky. The third baseman doesn't make the play. The ball drops at his feet, he never touches it and it kicks to the side into foul territory in front of the bag.
Is the batter out?
After huddling, the umps overturn the call and say the infield fly rule doesn't apply because it ended up being a foul ball. He's right, but the coach of the team in the field argues his 3B backed off when he heard the umpire call the batter out. Any thoughts, other than that the kid should have caught the ball regardless?