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Dec. 25, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Who do you play with there? I am the rookie this year playing senior ball. Been playing with a team from delaware ohio in league and got picked up for a recreational tournament which we won. I really had a good time with it though. My brothers team from cali won the 55 Major+ in Vegas and I hope some day to have an opportunity to play with or pitch against him. :-) I got the chance when I was in the military to play with a team in LR Arkansas with him. I had a great time. Maybe we will see you around this year. I will play on Weekdays with Universal Mechanical from Powell Ohio.
Dec. 25, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Gary I will agree with you that most mats it will give a pitcher a wider margin of "error" since the mat is wider than the plate by in some cases 4 inches or more. I believe the intent was to make the games faster for league play and squash some mouth from players to umpires.

Dec. 25, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Prospect Ohio. Just south of Marion and North of Columbus Gary. You from Ohio?
Dec. 23, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Being new to senior league this coming year in Ohio I will have to get use to the plate as a strike zone. As for the mat we have played with it in Ohio for several years now. I like the mat in it takes some of the younger players arguing and creating issues that cause delays and in some cases games away from theit teams. The height has alwasy been 3-9 and 6-10 unless in an unlimited height tourney. As for the short pitch, you are true in that most hitters will send it back up the middle on you. I know as I have pitched now fore several years with the younger guys, but it has actually kept me honest and on my toes. :-) Like southpaw I usually wont give a batter a straight pitch to hit unless I know they will take a first strike. Then I will get ahead and start with the angles and yes even a short or deep pitch here and there. :-) The mat did speed up play as far as an umpire is concerned with the calls, but there are times when the ball will hit left, right, or back hitting a small rock or clod of dirt and dart leading to a bad call by an umpire. I have done this and had it done to me. I try to look around the mat before a game to see if the ground is level or not or if there are any areas that may cause a ball to take off like it caught an edge. :-) Just using the field to my advantage? The only issue with short pitching a person is at the rec level and up to some of the higher ones we still have issues with the "young" guys using illegal bats that send a ball on you right now! Those are usually the ones that have no real talent or control of their bats, and probably cheat in everything they do.

Dec. 23, 2010
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did you get your start in softball?

I grew up in the same area as softball4b. I played baseball and like softball4b had to find ways to get to practice. I was a natural at the sport and loved it. I joined the army out of high school and they did not have baseball so softball was as close as it came. Unlike softball4b, I did not have the size or strength so I had to learn quick to place the ball and usually would get a double out of it. Over the years I learned size is not all that is needed, after many laps running for not hitting a deep fly ball, and I now hit for power and can place hit most pitches and only 210 lbs compared to my 170 frame I use to carry. I am new to the senior softball league, "rookie", and even had to prove myself to a team here in Ohio before I could get a thumbs up to play with them. I thought that was actually pretty neat, :-) since most teams would call me to play. I am looking forward to playing in the senior level of play and hopefully one day, play with softball4b on a team or at least get the opportunity to play against him. :-) sorry bro, but you have to admit it does put a smile on your face.
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