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High school baseball: IHSA baseball committee recommends 115-pitch maximum for postseason games

Paul Bergstrom for Shaw Media
Crystal Lake South's Kyle Lang pitches during the Class 4A state semifinals against New Trier Friday, June 9 at Joliet Slammers Stadium.
Paul Bergstrom for Shaw Media Crystal Lake South's Kyle Lang pitches during the Class 4A state semifinals against New Trier Friday, June 9 at Joliet Slammers Stadium.

The IHSA baseball advisory committee has recommended that the pitch-count maximum per game be increased during the postseason from 105 pitches to 115 per player.

The committee made the recommendation at its annual meeting in late August. The current pitch-count maximum is 105 pitches per player for regular season and postseason games.

The committee noted that it “feels that we should consider a postseason maximum of 115 pitches, which would put Illinois more in line with the average number of maximum pitches allowed by other states on a nationwide basis.”

The baseball committee’s postseason recommendation would still have to be approved by the IHSA board of directors.

In 2016, the National Federation of State High School Associations mandated that every state create its own pitch count limits. State associations were allowed to create their own pitch-count limits and the maximum pitches per player varies from state to state.

Last year, the baseball committee recommended a 115-pitch maximum for the regular season and postseason. The board of directors lowered the maximum to 105, but otherwise approved the majority of the baseball committee’s recommendations.

Umpires at state: The baseball committee also recommended doubling the number of umpires used at the state finals from six to 12. Rather than officiating four games in a weekend, umpires would officiate two games each.

That recommendation, like the pitch-count recommendation, still has to come before the IHSA board of directors.

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