Typically, games last five to six innings, with extra innings played until someone is in the lead. In some high school baseball leagues, extra innings continue until one inning ends with someone in the lead.
Some high school baseball associations limit the number of innings a pitcher can pitch.
Besides the pitch count, a game can also be delayed by rain or other factors.
Listed below are some of the most common scenarios in which extra innings may occur.
Extra innings are played until one inning ends with someone in the lead
Extra innings are played until one inning ends and someone is in the lead. Baseball has two rules for these innings.
If there is a tie after nine innings, an inning is called a tie game and the game continues. If there is a tie after nine innings, an extra inning is played until someone is in the lead.
The winner of the extra inning is the team that scored more runs than their opponent.
In high school baseball, extra innings are played until one team has more runs than the other team.
When the visiting team is ahead, it is up to them to bat and try to tie the score. If the home team gets the lead, the game is declared a winner.
If the game is tied after nine innings, the home team is in the lead. Once one team gains the lead, extra innings are played until someone ends the game with someone in the lead.
Pitcher of Record
The High School baseball record for most strikeouts is held by a senior named Zach Hendrickx.
Hendrickx, a Kent State University recruit, struck out 39 batters in 42 innings as a junior.
Miller also led his team to a Division III Central District championship, striking out 25 in a no-hitter win over Manchester and 22 in a regional semifinal win over Eastwood.
The award also comes with a hefty price tag – a $10,000 signing bonus.
In high school baseball, a pitcher of record can be a win or a loss. A pitcher of record can have a win or a loss, but a loss means he pitched for less than seven innings.
The game’s pitcher of the record is the player in the same position as the winning pitcher when the game goes into extra innings, and he/she will receive the win if the game ends with the winning pitcher.
There are certain limitations on pitchers during a high school baseball season. In the Junior Division, a pitcher cannot pitch more than seven innings.
In the Major Division, a pitcher can pitch for five innings, provided that they have at least 50 pitches in his/her record during the last four days.
However, there are also several exceptions to this rule. Here’s a look at some examples. Listed below are some of them.
Previously, players could throw up to 105 pitches in a day, and 125 in playoff games. That changed last year.
Now, varsity pitchers are limited to 115 pitches per outing. If a pitcher reaches that limit during an at-bat, he or she must remove themselves.
The new pitch count regulations will also dictate a minimum and maximum rest days, and any pitcher who exceeds the limit is disqualified from the game.
A rain delay is a baseball game that is postponed due to inclement weather.
Generally, a game that fails to improve to the point of regulation is called a rain delay. The game is rescheduled to a later date, and any stats recorded during the delay will be deleted.
In the case of a playoff game, the game is usually postponed for a week, so the officials have ample time to reschedule.
A rain delay in baseball is common, as lightning is a threat during game time. If lightning is sighted, players are ushered off the field and kept in their dugouts or clubhouses.
Baseball officials and coaches must decide whether to resume the game or call a rain delay.
Luckily, these situations are rarer than they once were. Even so, a rain delay can cause the game to be postponed for up to an hour.
In most high school baseball games, there is no set time limit, but a game can go as long as two hours and 45 minutes.
Despite this, many high school games go past their time limit because of the lack of adequate lighting on the field.
While a professional baseball game can go on for as long as 26 innings, the longest little league game last just 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Because of this, a high school game is usually limited to seven innings.
Often, time limits are included in tournaments and other activities, leaving the decision up to the umpire.
Tournaments may also have time limits, with the clock starting at first pitch and plate meeting.
However, a time limit can encourage teams to finish warmups quickly.
If the time limit is not explicitly outlined, the umpires must be clear and communicated to players ahead of time, so that there is no misunderstanding later.