The job of our players is to score runs. To score runs, they need to get on base.
Getting on base is more than just making solid contact with the ball and wishing for the best. Other factors such as score, outs, runner on base, on-deck hitter, defensive placement, etc. all effect the player up to bat.
There are four ways your players can get on base:
1. Hit by pitch
3. Reach on an error
4. Get a hit
As shown above, there are several ways to get on base, but everyone always thinks about the hit. Take the example of facing an All-American pitcher when your lineup is hitting 0.270. Realistically, the odds of your players being walked, hit by a pitch, or getting a hit are probably low. However, you have the opportunity to put pressure on the defense and cause them to make mistakes. As Coach Randy Schneider says, "Be smart enough to know what that kid needs to do to get on base".