As the season progresses, the high school teams with the dominant pitching rise to the top.
Make that “dominant pitcher rise to the top.”
Isn’t it time for high school softball to adapt the same rule as high school baseball and limit the number of innings a pitcher can have in a week?
Baseball pitchers are limited to 10. The number for softball pitchers is unlimited.
In a sport where one player can dominate a game more than in any other sport, it seems unfair that a program with one overpowering pitcher can rely solely on her.
Granted, not all teams have at least two pitchers let alone two who are standouts, but isn’t that where coaching takes center stage? And with the increased number of players participating in travel ball programs, the pool of pitchers is rapidly increasing.
Under the current unlimited innings rule, programs that often win league titles and teams that advance farthest in the playoffs actually aren’t the best teams, but rather they just have the best pitcher.
And that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.
Is anybody listening?