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WIAA offers scheduling relief for baseball regular season

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The unfavorable weather conditions this spring have caused a lot of stress for high school athletic directors trying to reschedule games.

But Monday, the WIAA granted a scheduling relief for baseball teams.

The announcement says that schools may mutually agree to schedule five inning games, as opposed to the normal seven innings. This option is only available for this year's regular season games.

This will allow teams to schedule double headers in attempt to make-up the high number of games that have been postponed.

The option does not cancel out the mercy rule or the pitching rule that keeps players from pitching more than seven innings in three days.

The already condensed season has some wondering if the regional, sectional, and state tournaments could be pushed back to allow more regular season games, but the WIAA says that's not going to happen.

"We can't do that, there are too many factors involved. We have contracts with the facility for the state tournament, we have umpires already assigned for the regionals, sectionals, and state," says WIAA Deputy Director, Wade Labecki.

"When you start moving dates, they might not be available. Families have vacations, we have graduations, There's too many things and factors that are in the way there."

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