Look at the high-scoring games above, that’s how it’s been this year. How much has moving the rubber from 40 to 43 feet changed the game? I can’t recall ever seeing so many softball boxscores that look like baseball boxscores. In a quick unscientific look at MaxPreps, the 20th ranked strikeout leader in the Southern Section last year finished with 223 strikeouts. This year No. 20 is at 53 strikeouts. In previous years I get texts all the time about so and so throwing a no-hitter or striking out 14, 15, 16 batters in a game. This year, not one text like that. While pitching is still the most important position, you can tell that hitters have a more even playing field now, and your defense needs to be much more accountable. You can’t rely on a dominant pitcher like previous years, you have to make plays now…I don’t know about you, but I like it.