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Hastings must be economical with pitchers as districts loom

Hastings Five Points pitcher Vinny Schmidt fires a pitch during a game against Kearney Runza at Duncan Field (NTV News)

In March, the National American Legion Baseball committee approved a rule change mandating the amount of rest a pitcher was required to take after throwing a certain amount of pitches.

If an athlete throws at least 61, they can't throw again for 3 days. 76 or more, make it 4 days.

With the new rules, coaches are forced to be economical with their pitching staff.

"It worked out really well for us because we had about 10 pitchers throughout the season," says Hastings Five Points head coach Kevin Asher. "Now when you get in to a four day crunch time, you manage your numbers and your innings a little differently.

"It's going to be a situation where we don't really know who we're going to pitch until after Friday's game when we see (who our opponents) throw. We don't necessarily have that one dominant starter, where we say he's our number 1. This guy's number 2, number 3. We think we have four really quality starters and that may be our number 4 the first day or our number 1."

Hastings begins play in the district tournament on Saturday. As a no.1 seed, Five Points gets a first–round bye and takes on the winner of Lexington or Scottsbluff.


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