It came towards the home-plate and Marmaduke, as fast as an arrow.
Many of these bunts can be fielded either by the pitcher or, if they drop dead in front of the home-plate, by the catcher.
The ball was thrown from a rope stretched between two stakes driven into the ground one hundred and ten yards from the home-plate.
A sizeable grandstand flanked the gridiron and a smaller one stood behind the home-plate of the varsity diamond.
The landing field, aircraft carrier, etc, where an aircraft is based
[1950s+ Air Force; fr the baseball sense, regarded as a goal and safe haven]