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Sports Notebook: So predictable

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It happens so often, almost always, really. Opening games of the high-school baseball seasons for just about any team last a long time – two-hours plus in most situations.

That was the case the night of April 26 when the Yorktown Patriots hosted the South Lakes Seahawks in the season opener for each team. South Lakes won, 4-3, in a full seven-inning contest that took 2 hours and 30 minutes to play.

Why so long? There weren’t a ton of walks (just four) that slows games to a crawl, but six errors did significantly add time.

Overall, the teams just played slow, and it wasn’t a cold night, which always seems to make contests drag for whatever reasons.

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A lot of pitches were taken in the game, which really slows play. The first pitch to a batter was hit only five times.

There were 249 pitches thrown combined for the teams, but there were just two pitching changes made during an inning.

The players didn’t really hustle much to the batters box, the change over in half innings took too long – as is the case with most baseball games these days – and there was no real sense of urgency to play fast.

That was all so typical of first games. There really isn’t much of a flow in those contests, as all of the routines are being established and kinks are worked out.

Once that occurs and as the season goes on, high-school games are played much quicker and much closer to the more acceptable 90-minute mark.

That wasn’t the case for that April 26 game, but it was no surprise.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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