A couple questions: Runners on first and third and the runner takes off for second. While running to second the pitcher balks. The balk was determined to have happened late in the runners advancement and the field ump determined he was close enough to second and gave him third base on the balk. Is that standard as it is the first time I have seen that happen.
Second, can a coach ask about location of pitches that looked like strikes but were called balls? How much room does a coach get when they cannot argue balls and strikes?
For your balk question, I have never heard of awarding 2 bases UNLESS the pitcher throws the ball out of play.
Also a runner can advance IF the pitcher throws the ball, but it is on his OWN. Pitcher would have to have
throw the ball to another player in this case. Perhaps this is something new in high school baseball.
Pitcher throws the ball out of play AFTER a balk is called
= 2 bases per runner. Only case I am aware of awarding
2 bases after a balk call. I actually have never seen it happen when umpiring myself.
A balk call is a dead ball so I don't see why the ump awarded 2 bases. If the pitcher throws the ball then it
is a delayed dead ball. It doesn't sound like that happened according to your statement.
Your situation sounds like the mythical '1 plus 1' stuff that many coaches and even umpires believe. Is no
such thing as a '1 plus 1'. Player has to be at a base to get a base or 2 bases. Doesn't matter if the runner is
over 1/2 way. Rec league softball was always good for this misinterpretation of a rule.
As far as your question on asking an ump about location: You certainly 'can' ask, but I wouldn't recommend it
unless you really know that ump very very well(if the umpire is a good friend for instance). If you simply come out to ask the ump about location of pitches, that would be considered 'arguing' balls and strikes by most umpires.
If it is done between innings, many umpires will probably be ok with it. I wouldn't recommend it at the actual