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Feb. 25, 2020
DirkPitt
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50-55 Major - Major Plus SW Florida player l

Forgot to add, almost all of the players on the top teams are no lower than major and most are major plus at 50, 55 or 60.
Feb. 25, 2020
DirkPitt
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50-55 Major - Major Plus SW Florida player l

Check out the Florida Half Century League. I am not sure what region you're in but once you get connected there you'll find lots of teams. Nearly 100 teams in that league and most of the top teams/players play some tournament ball outside of the FHC.
Feb. 14, 2020
DirkPitt
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New melee

To be clear - I like the bat and have no issues with it's performance on the field. I'm guessing I had ~250 swings on the bat (can't say for certain). I did find the Suncoast to be pretty darn good from the start. My preferred bat is still the 2016 green Melee but given those aren't available I need to find another bat and the Suncoast is still the bat I'm leaning toward. I'll also say that with the Tatoo or Rock balls there is no break-in needed for these bats so there is no reason to swing these in BP which should extend the life.
Feb. 13, 2020
DirkPitt
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New melee

My "new" 13" Suncoast bat broke today, 59 days into the 60 day period. I'm glad it's under warranty. Other than the Miken "Big Cat" Freak this is the fastest I've ever had a bat break. I'll give Miken credit though, they replaced it even though the bat wasn't under warranty. Hopefully I have a similar experience with Suncoast.

Dec. 10, 2019
DirkPitt
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Suncoast/Adidas bats

I am also hitting them over the fence with the new Suncoast bat but switching to the Melee in the same batting session consistently results in a gain of 25-50+ feet in distance. Mishits with the Melee are also more forgiving and powerful and that is with a 12" barrel. I'm confident the new Suncoast is going to get better but I still say I personally don't see hot out of the wrapper.

Anyway, glad to hear the recovery is going well.
Dec. 10, 2019
DirkPitt
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Suncoast/Adidas bats

I recently purchased the 13" end load, 28oz. I have been swinging the 27oz green Melee for a few years. I'm on my 6th of these green end-load Melee bats in the last two years (they break). I have found the last two "batches" of these bats are not as good as the prior versions and have been looking for another bat.

I tried the prior 2-piece Adidas bats and didn't like any of them. I also don't see too many of the top hitters I play with/against swinging the older 2-piece Adidas bats (major/major+).

This newer 13" model seems more comparable to the older Melee and I've been pleased with it after about 100-150 swings. It's nowhere near opened up yet and I've yet to find any bat that is "hot out of the wrapper." This bat does seem to be getting better at a faster clip than my older Melee's so I'd say I'm pleased. If this one doesn't work out though, I'm done with Adidas/Suncoast bats.
Oct. 14, 2019
DirkPitt
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Two Umpires make opposite call on same play

Bases loaded, two outs, tie game in extra innings (top of inning). Batter hits fly ball to center field. Center fielder charges the ball hard and according to the base umpire short-hops the ball (called & signaled no-catch although he didn't yell it out too loudly). Home plate umpire calls catch and does yell a bit louder and then literally calls time-out thinking the game is over. Runner on second and third score, batter runner stops at first and runner on first base advances one base. At the point the home plate umpire called time the runner on 2nd base had not yet scored (although he was past 3rd base).

Team in field argue that they "reacted" to the home plate umpire's call and all runners should only advance one base (runner on second who scored goes back to third base). Team at-bat argued that the runner on 2nd scored on the play and was already past third and running towards home when time was called.

Nobody disputed the home plate umpire made a mistake and it was not his call (catch/no-catch) and should not have called time.

I can't find a comparable example in the NFHS book or in any other rule books on this play. One could argue that both teams were put at a disadvantage based on the conflicting calls.

Ultimately, they ruled no-catch but sent the runner who started on 2nd back to 3rd and took the run off the board effectively rewarding the team in the field for the erroneous call. What is the correct call and where in the rule book is this situation called out?
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