When it comes to pitching in softball and baseball you will be able to spot the difference right away. Pitchers in baseball throw the baseball over hand while softball players throw the softball underhand. Since softball players throw softballs underhand there is a difference in the pitching rules of baseball and softball. Softball players do not a have a regulation on how many innings they can throw, while baseball players have a limit of how many innings they are allowed to throw.
This rule was established because throwing overhand takes a huge toll on the arm, while throwing underhand is more of a natural motion. The similarity between these two sports is the way pitches are called, balls and strikes, and hits and walks determine both sports and the outcome in the end. Now when it comes down to the field they may look very similar, but in their own little way they are different. For instance a softball field has an all dirt infield while a baseball field is half dirt and half grass or all grass.
When it comes to the technical part of the field you have distances from base to base and distance from the mound to home. In baseball it is 90 ft from base to base and it is 60ft from the mound to home, while in softball it is 60 ft from base to base and 43 ft from the mound to home. The over all design of the field is the same with foul poles in left and right field and with chalk marking the foul lines and batters box.
The third and final aspect is hitting and in both softball and baseball you use a metal bat to hit the baseball or softball. Now the mechanics of a baseball swing compared to a softball swing are a little different. A softball swing is a more level swing while a baseball swing has a little bit of a dip in it. The reason the swings are different is the way the ball is delivered. A baseball is delivered on a downward angle and a softball is delivered on an upward angle giving cause the two different types of swings.
Hitting probably has the most similarities out of all the aspects, where homeruns, hits, and runs are all accomplished the same way. Baseball and softball are so very similar in the way the game is played but when you break it down to different aspects of the game you can find differences in the way you hit, throw, or how the field is set up. Baseball is Americas past time and softball is jus a resemblance so women could take part in the past time. At the end of the day baseball and softball are two sports that are so similar but yet so different.