I had a very good learning experience during my BCAPL singles event.
I think it's important to share.
Long story short.... I make the 1 ball on my first shot (I'm first at the table), but then find myself frozen on the 6 ball. So I had no other option but to play safe.
I called safe.
As I walk to my chair, my opponent asked me if I hit the 6 ball.
"Well yeah.... I was frozen to it because I messed up. " I thought to myself disappointed with my shot.
I replied to her, "yes I did."
As I go to sit down, I don't see that she has picked up the cueball.
But then I don't see it on the table anymore and she has it in her hand. I thought to myself, "wow, I didn't realize I scratched."
After she surveyed the table well, she puts the cueball down... but is about to make a solid.
I jump up to stop her. "Wait, wait, I'm solids!"
She says to me very honestly, yet confused, " I asked if you fouled. "
At this point, I don't understand.
She didn't ask me if I fouled, she asked me if I hit the 6 ball.
Which I did.
Turns out, she thought I made a STRIPE (not the 1 ball), and therefore she thought I was stripes.
And therefore, when she asked if I hit the 6 ball first, yes I did and it was true. But since she thought I was stripes, she thought it was a foul.
So that's why she picked up the cueball.
(I didn't scratch after all).
The moral of this miscommunication story for me is to remember in future matches to ask if it was a foul, not if a certain ball was hit.
Because I can totally see this happening to me, too.