Fastball vs. Softball



(baseball) Any of the variations of high speed pitches thrown in baseball


A game similar to baseball but played with a larger and softer ball which can be thrown overhand or underhand.


(baseball) A four-seam fastball, which is a backspin pitch thrown with a ball gripped in the direction to cause four of the seams of the ball to cross the flight path and released with roughly equal pressure by the index and middle fingers

‘The pitcher had a blazing fastball.’;


The ball used to play the sport.


a baseball thrown with maximum velocity.


(by analogy) A question designed to be easy to answer.


(baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity;

‘he swung late on the fastball’; ‘he showed batters nothing but smoke’;


ball used in playing softball


a baseball pitch thrown at or near a pitcher's maximum speed.


a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer


another term for fast-pitch softball


Softball is a game similar to baseball played with a larger ball (11 to 16 inches or 28 to 40 cm circumference) on a field that has base lengths of 60 feet, a pitcher's mound that ranges from 35 to 43 (professional is 43) feet away from home plate, and a home run fence that is 220–300 feet away from home plate, depending on the type of softball being played. It was invented in 1887 in Chicago, Illinois, United States as an indoor game.


The fastball is the most common type of pitch thrown by pitchers in baseball and softball. such as former American major leaguers Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens, rely on speed to prevent the ball from being hit, and have thrown fastballs at speeds of 95–105 miles per hour (153–169 km/h) (officially) and up to 108.1 miles per hour (174.0 km/h) (unofficially).

‘Power pitchers,’;

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