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If a pitch hits a batter in the strike zone, it is my understanding that it is a strike. What if a pitch nicks the strike zone say on the low and inside edge, but hits the batters ankle out of the strike zone?

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Rule 5.05(2)b

If a batter is struck with a pitch while it is in the strike zone, it should be a strike. Otherwise, it is a ball or a HBP, depending on if the batter tried to get out the way.

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