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Discussion: Why should we limit scoring per inning in the major plus class?

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Oct. 9, 2007
audieh
Men's 60
242 posts
Why should we limit scoring per inning in the major plus class?
I had a great time playing in Vegas the past two weekends. What a truly great group of players and people. Super ball players everywhere. I noticed when we tallied the averages that both our 50 and 55 team had their highest averages ever, yet we finished in the middle of the pack.

Usually, when you team averages .790 you win the tournament. Then it dawns on my slow reacting brain that the averages are inflated as many innings we got our 7 runs with no outs or only one out. Most of our games ended with the 5th or 6th inning being the open inning. Also, most of the time when we got to the open inning we were either up by a few or down by a few. Basically, all of our games were decided by this one inning. Now, I am not complaining but asking for some points of view. Honesty all of the innings we played up until the open inning did not matter, or mattered very little as all of our games were basically decided by one inning. The open inning. If our team was hot in this one inning we won. If we were cold, no matter how hot we were in the prior innings, we lost! So, is this fair? Would you participate if all tournaments were only one inning? Humm, probably not.

I would rather have unlimited run scoring per inning and have a time limit on the game of say 75 minutes. That way if it went 3 innings, so be it. You still played 75 minutes. But, by limiting the runs per inning, it artificially allows the teams to stay close until the final inning and I suspect the weaker teams probably wins 35-45% of the time due to have one good innings. What say ye?
Oct. 9, 2007
T-REX
64 posts
I also agree I hated the 5 run per inning rule,,you should just play until the time is up and I hate the time limit as well.If you do have a 5 run rule in effect and your losing earlier you can only make up the difference in the open inning...I think if your team is behind it shouldn't matter how many runs you can score per inning as long as you can tie the game but not go ahead...it'd make a more competitive game,if you have to live with the run rule.
Oct. 10, 2007
tattooball
620 posts
Audie&Tom,
There are many things that can be done to make this better in the major and major+
some thoughts:
1. make it a 7 run inning
2. unlimited hr's (who cares how you score the runs)
3. on a hr walk off of the field, no advance no touching a base. This will stop arguments on whether a player touched the next base therefore saving time also saving time by getting the next batter to the plate.
4. Teams hitting hr's must a ball ready for the next batter or he is out.( this will make me more money because I will sell more balls)
5. As Tom said make the run per inning rule progressive, the weaker teams will not always score the runs but the better teams should or will. 3 in the first 5 in the second, that would leave you 6+ the the 7 you are allowed in the third to get back on track, most of the good teams would be able to do this.
Oct. 10, 2007
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
Audie
I agree on your views on the 7 runs per inning. we had the same thing happen to us seveal times this past year. I think the thinking here is to keep it close so the weaker teams have a chance to win. IMO. the better teams can score like your team 10 to 15 runs in any inning , most good teams have one or two good inning a game.
I have been on both ends of a team having a good inning and the other team was run rule before they even got warm up good.
This past weekenf in the SPA Fall world was a good example of what happen. the Brickyard team from Ind, won a couple of pool came one being Randy Brown, and played Penscola team within one run because of the 7 inning limit with the one HR rule, and was put in the major division with our team. Which was 4 HR one up and a single. the game only lasted 3 innings We got hot and scored 24 runs the second inning and the run rule came into affect. The 7 run rule kept their team close to everyone and had a chance to win. Ridge change it back to 7 runs after our game.
I think that why some of the senior groups have the rule and there are very few Major + teams, Our Kayson Grille will break up this because we do not want to play Major +. and will break up and going other directions.
Don Ward
Kayson Grille 55
Kittrells 50
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