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What is a game that is similar to baseball?

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One game that is similar to baseball is rounders, an English game traditionally played by students and consisting of hitting a ball and running around four posts laid out in a diamond pattern. A few distinctions from baseball and rounders are that the posts are sticks instead of flat bases and that the fourth post is located away from the batting area.

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Another difference between the two bat and ball games is that in rounders, there is no established foul zone and a ball can land anywhere on the field of play. A ball is considered to be "good" if it is pitched or bowled in a zone between a player's knees and the top of their head.

Rounders is considered to be a predecessor to baseball; each batter must hit the ball and can be called out if the hit is caught before it lands or if an opposing player touches the ball to a post while the play is active. Unlike baseball, a batter in rounders can run even if the ball isn't hit, trying to run the bases before another pitch is thrown.

Played with a hard ball, a game of rounders lasts for five to seven innings and is an underhand game, as opposed to baseball.

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