But those same pitchers in the conference are literally doing this...... "jumping in the hole"
they are attempting to shut a hole the batter wants to use for a hit.
Do I think guys try to hurt pitchers, yes I do. Do I think that most of the "middle shots" are pitchers putting themselves in the way of the ball or a slight miss by the batter, that I do as well.
Its typically easier to get a ball past a pitcher hand side than a short stop. And if its the difference in being cut or coming back to a paying gig playing softball, I don't blame them for using the middle.
If we fix the equipment this issue goes away though. Softball was not intended to have these kinds of exit speeds.