Time for a first-inning mercy rule?

Time for a first-inning mercy rule?

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Time for a first-inning mercy rule?


If ever there was a case to be made for a single-inning mercy rule, it arrived in a Pennsylvania baseball game on Wednesday night.

Facing off against area rival Summit Academy in Western Pennsylvania, Freeport rolled to a 14-0 lead after the top half of the first inning. In that frame alone, two different players had multiple hits and RBI on different at-bats.

Needless to say, the game was over after that, even though Freeport had to play another two innings – and score one more run – to wrap up a 15-0 whitewash.

As raised by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the issue is whether the game should have had to go that long. It was obvious that Summit Academy didn’t have the firepower to compete with a Freeport team that was firing on all cylinders. That isn’t necessarily a matter of a mismatched scheduling error, either; Summit Academy entered the game at 1-1 and Freeport was 1-2.

Sometimes it’s just not your day, even in the first inning. Maybe it’s time that there was a rule for that.


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