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I guess I could have posted this in the high school forum, but it actually applies to any rule-set, and it's generic enough that I think it fits here in Free For All better ...... Monday, ...first game of the year, I'm on the dish, partner in B .... Varsity, (home team's 2nd pitcher)..... Coach from the bench .... "Joe, you've got to stop, slow down" This pitcher was coming close, very close, but he did have a very short pause. Well, even after a coaches warning to him, .... he really started blowing through his sets, .... BOOM ..."THAT'S A BALK, TIME" (I echo) ..... There was some grumbling from the bench but not too much. Until he did it AGAIN!!! Now the bench is mad!! I'm thinking, ..what?!? Wait a minute .......... YOU'RE telling YOUR OWN PITCHER to stop, and slow down, but you're going to piss and moan when he blows through sets and we call him on it?! Geeez ........
First game(s) of the season last night, ....and .....my first Varsity game Pretty darn smooth all in all, 1:50 min 7 inning game. I could tell it was game one as the pitch tracking wasn't the greatest, but all in all I felt pretty comfortable. In Michigan, only Varsity does lineups, etc (JV just goes 'by the book'), so that was pretty fun logging changes, pinch runners, etc. I did have an issue though, and I think it should be a lesson; 1 and 2 count with 2 outs .....all of the sudden my CP feels strange, loose on the right side, "crap, my strap must looped through" .....next pitch, ball 2 ....another pitch and he strikes out swinging. I run to the HT bench and whip things off to try and get the strap fixed to no avail, I quickly get my partners attention and send him to the SUV for my 'back-up' CP!! WHEW!! I USUALLY don't, but yesterday, I brought both CPs .... And, ...in game 2, ....I got to call a balk on a double set! Scored a run also .... EZ-PeeZee! I also had to explain to the visiting coach that R1 was NOT out of the baseline, and had to have the "his baseline NOT THE baseline" discussion. I'm not sure he liked it too much, but I think he believed me ....oh well, it is what it is Anyhow, Varsity isn't really a big deal because I've done U18 stuff before, but just that it was a MSHAA Varsity ball game made it somewhat "official"? Whatever,...that's that! Varsity belt notched!