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High school sports quick hits from Kosmo the all-knowing Oakland Press seer.

Monday, June 13, 2011

High softball scores indeed

Before the start of the softball season, Kosmo wondered how much of an impact moving the pitching rubber back three feet would have on players and teams around the state.
It had a huge impact during the regular season, but Kosmo thought things would calm down a bit to normal once the state tournament started.
However, it's gone the opposite direction. Moving the rubber back three feet has made MORE of a difference in the state playoffs with how many runs are being scored.
The evidence is all over the place.
In the Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes region, there were 55 runs scored in the three games, with WOLL winning 18-0 and 12-4 to capture a regional crown.
The highly-anticipated regional semifinal between Walled Lake Northern and North Farmington, which each had all-county pitchers from last year, ended up being a 10-6 North Farmington win.
The Raiders then gave up 11 runs in a regional final loss to Canton.
It seems like nowadays, even in the most pressure-packed games, you don't have a chance if you don't score at least three runs. Kosmo would like to think there will be some traditional 1-0 or 2-1 games this week in the quarterfinals and at the Final Four in Battle Creek, but given the way things have gone this season, it doesn't appear likely.


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