Written by Corbett Smith
District 9-5A changes mercy rule after Lake Highlands' 50-plus run baseball rout vs. Samuell
When Lake Highlands and Samuell met in a District 9-5A baseball game March 8, Lake Highlands scored 50-plus runs, 21 runs in the fifth and final inning, setting the state record for margin of victory.
Steps have been taken to make sure that doesn't happen again, as Samuell travels to Lake Highlands tonight at 7.
On March 23, Richardson athletic director Bob Dubey, the chairman of the 9-5A district executive committee, brought a proposal that allowed for games to be called final earlier than the fifth inning. It was passed unanimously by representatives of all of the district's schools.
The new rule allows for games to be called an official contest as early as the third inning, staggering the number of runs required.
Augmenting the standard 10-run rule in the fifth inning, the game could be called in the third inning if the margin is 15 runs, or 12 runs in the fourth, as long as the losing team has a chance to bat.