Don’t Strike Out: Are You Ready for Baseball and Softball Season?

10 things you need to know when you visit the Diamond

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Siandhara Bonnet

America's favorite sports come into season at Leander

by Siandhara Bonnet, Editor-in-Chief

Baseball:

  1.  There are 7 innings in a high school game opposed to the 9 in a professional game
  2.  There are 9 players on the field at one time: 3 outfielders, 4 infielders, 1 pitcher, and a catcher
  3.  Bats must be Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) certified in order to be used in games.
  4.  A chant and a ritual must be done before each game, and everyone has to talk to “Pam” (a buried broken bat).
  5.   The next scrimmage is Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. against Rouse (away), and the first home game is Feb. 23 against Round Rock at 5 p.m.

Softball

  1.  Fast-pitch is specifically female whereas slow-pitch is for men and women; fast-pitch has a smaller distance for the pitcher than slow-pitch.
  2.  Pitchers are only allowed to throw underhand, but the rest of defense may throw overhand.
  3.  The ball is yellow (the official color of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and more common for fast-pitch) and about 3.8 inches in diameter.
  4. A senior prays before each game, there will be random calls in the dug out, and chants of “yes, yes, yes, yes” can be heard from the Lady Lions in hopes that the opposing pitcher will throw a wild pitch.
  5. The final scrimmage is Friday, Feb. 14 at Austin High at 6:30 p.m. and the first regular season game is at home on Feb.  17 against Bowie at 7 p.m.