In this league you start with a 1-1 count and it was a 3-1 count when the umpire calls an iffy strike. The umpire was upset that the batter argued the call and then strikes him out on a pitch that hits before the plate. In our league, if the pitch hits the plate at all, it is a dead ball, so this definitely should have been ball four and not strike three. The umpire apparently told the scorer that he did it for a reason and he would tell us after the game. When confronted about the call later, he came up with the response "I was trying to make him swing because there have been too many walks"