Local high school baseball teams will be very busy making up games once the weather decides to cooperate. The condensed season will see one WIAA pitching regulation have more of an effect this spring than in past seasons.
"Right now the pitching rule in high school baseball in Wisconsin says that you get seven innings in three days," states WIAA Deputy Director, Wade Labecki. "If you pitch seven innings in three days, you have to take two days off."
However, the regulation does allow three more innings of pitching eligibility if a game goes into extra innings.
Because of the shortened season, this regulation will force coaches to have a deeper pitching rotation. For smaller schools with less experienced pitchers, it could really cause a problem when trying to make up lots of games in a short period of time.
Newman Catholic head coach, Dan Smet, only has three pitchers returning with varsity experience but the Cardinals schedule will definitely call for more.
"We have I think 14 games in 15 school days so far, so everyone's gonna be pitching and ready to go at a moments notice."
This rule will give an advantage to teams like DC Everest, who takes pride in the depth of it's pitching rotation.
"You just have to have those numbers available," says Evergreens head coach, Dave Langbehn. "You're going to have to have six or eight kids that can get out on the mound, and if you don't, you're going to be in trouble."
Although the rule may become an issue for teams, they understand the reasoning of safety for the regulation and even view it as an opportunity for the development of younger pitchers.
DC Everest senior pitcher, John Dzurka, says he agrees with the regulation.
"...especially with the muscles still developing. It's good that they (younger pitchers) have a pitch limit because that's how injuries happen; if you push yourself too far."
Nick Janke, the senior ace for Newman Catholic, realizes how the innings limit will help the Cardinals for future seasons.
"I think it'll be good for others, so they can get their reps. They can start getting to know what the varsity experience is."
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