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Since the pitcher's plate, or rubber, is in fair territory, it is a fair ground ball. However, if the ball subsequently goes into foul territory inside 1st or 3rd base before being touched by a player or umpire and comes to rest in foul territory, or is touched while in foul territory, it is a foul ball.

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Home plate is in fair territory so the ball would be a fair ball.

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Q: In fastpitch softball if the batted ball hit the plate and stays fair is it a fair ball or a dead ball?
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