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Sports Notebook: High success rates

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In high-school baseball, very often the stolen base, at least regarding second base, is so often a sure thing.

Take three recent games, for example. In those contests, of the 20 steals attempted, each was successful. Most swipes were of second, but three were of third.

In a game between Lake Braddock and McLean, the teams were a perfect 10 for 10. McLean’s Griffin Stieg was 4 for 4. He stole second twice and third twice, as well.

There are two big reasons for the high success rate. Runners get great jumps and most catchers are mediocre as far as arm strength, quick releases and accuracy. Also, most pitchers are average at holding runners on first or second.

So the sure thing of stolen bases in baseball continues, and the situation has been that way for years.

With success rates that high, it’s a wonder more teams don’t attempt to steal more often than they do.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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