MISUNDERSTANDING OF A RULE.
OK folks, here it is: In the top of the 5th inning score tied 15-15; the first two batters singled then a pop up to shortstop for the 1st out. Next batter singled to bring in one run and putting runners at the corners. A deep fly to right was caught and the runner on 1st forgot to tag up. The runner on third crossed the plate before the out at first was record. The run was allowed and the team out in field claimed the run did not score due to the force out at 1st. The offense team claimed that the run scored before the 3rd out. When the offense team then was going to protest the game the umpire asked me what the proper rule was.
I then explained the rule on page 138 Rule supplements 43 which state the following:
An appeal play on a runner leaving a base too soon on a caught fly ball is a TIME PLAY, NOT A FORCE OUT. When the appeal results in the third out of an inning, any run scored prior to the appeal counts.
Thus the run counts since it crossed before the out was logged at first on the appeal.
I do wish people would learn the rules and not make a judgment that someone is cheating. When asked a question, I need to give the right answer. This I will do for any team request the umpire to ask what the rule is.
As taken from Official Rules of Softball – 2023
Good call Ike.