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Whatever happened to the so-called mercy rule ? Horicon beat Wayland Academy 54 - 0 ... after leading 27 - 0 after three innings ... what possible good can this do anyone on either team ? Anybody know what's up with that ?? ( Lots of other scores in the high twenties and thirties ) ... 10 run lead after five ... fifteen run lead after three ???
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There isn't much that teams can do until the mercy innings is reached especially at the lower enrollment schools. It is a challenge that coaches on both sides of the score have to manage skillfully. I don't think they can call the game until it is official (which I have to talk to a friend who is a head coach around here for HS).
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Our conference had freshman bylaws that ended games with 15 after 3. Changed it to no more than 8 runs in an inning.

54-0 is pretty rough. I've been on both sides of scores. Lost a game 45-1 where the team was bunting and stealing up by 35. Had a few 25-0 victories as well.

Actually just had a JV game where it was 16-0 (we were losing) after 3. Other coach wanted to end it, but I told him the rule was 10 after 5. He seemed disappointed. But what good is a game where my team gets 10 AB's? These kids need experience. Maybe they'll make a play that'll give them confidence later. I don't care what the score is, I want my kids to play. I was darn close to telling him, "If you and you're players are bored, no one is keeping you here. You are free to leave the field and forfeit."

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buzzerbeater2 wrote:
Our conference had freshman bylaws that ended games with 15 after 3. Changed it to no more than 8 runs in an inning.

54-0 is pretty rough. I've been on both sides of scores. Lost a game 45-1 where the team was bunting and stealing up by 35. Had a few 25-0 victories as well.

Actually just had a JV game where it was 16-0 (we were losing) after 3. Other coach wanted to end it, but I told him the rule was 10 after 5. He seemed disappointed. But what good is a game where my team gets 10 AB's? These kids need experience. Maybe they'll make a play that'll give them confidence later. I don't care what the score is, I want my kids to play. I was darn close to telling him, "If you and you're players are bored, no one is keeping you here. You are free to leave the field and forfeit."



I am a bit surprised the opposing coach wouldn't have put his 2nd or 3rd pitcher in. It sounds like your
girls couldn't touch the starter. I am always amazed at what coaches do on freshmen and JV teams.
The scores really mean nothing. They are simply fancy 'practice' time.
Talent at these levels can be unbelievably varied. Having umpired a lot of this age level, it can get frustrating
when one or both coaches act like putz's. I can recall talking to coaches that had teams ahead like this and
asking them why they don't just have the pitcher throw just strikes. It does neither team any good to continue
playing the game like this. Some of these coaches thought they were the next Billy Martin in development.
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satinwood
It is really a double-edged sword. We had a conference game earlier this season where we won 25-0 in five innings. On one hand, you want to respect the other team and not rub it in. On the other hand, you don't want to stop playing the game and take away opportunities for your own players. We stopped stealing in the 2nd inning and stopped taking extra bases in the 3rd. It was station-to-station baserunning in the last couple of innings. In the end, we made the sacrifices by not scoring runners and not getting our batters the extra bases on their hits. We had one extra-base hit in the game. It might cost a player or two some stats when it comes down to all-conference selections, but it came down to respecting the opponent.

The fact of the matter is that the difference in talent between girls teams, even at the college level, is much greater and sharper than it is in boys teams. That is why you often see those lopsided scores in girls sports.
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gasguy
The actual score between Horicon and Wayland Academy was 27- 0, game went 3 innings.
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