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High school baseball: IHSA raises postseason pitch-count limit to 115

Crystal Lake South pitcher Andrew Engelking works against Edwardsville at the IHSA Class 4A state championship held at Joliet Slammers Stadium on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Gators defeated Edwardsville, 8-3. 
Larry W. Kane for Shaw Media
Crystal Lake South pitcher Andrew Engelking works against Edwardsville at the IHSA Class 4A state championship held at Joliet Slammers Stadium on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Gators defeated Edwardsville, 8-3. Larry W. Kane for Shaw Media

The IHSA is raising the baseball pitch count limit for postseason games next spring.

The IHSA board of directors approved an increase in the maximum pitch count limit to 115 pitches during postseason games at its monthly meeting Wednesday in Bloomington.

The limit will remain 105 pitches during the regular season, a rule which was implemented prior to the 2016 season.

IHSA executive director Craig Anderson noted that pitchers typically have built up better endurance by the end of the baseball season.

“When the board established the IHSA’s pitch count guidelines last December, we anticipated that the committee would have some potential tweaks after the first season,” Anderson said in a statement Wednesday. “The committee felt that adding 10 pitches to the total in the postseason, when arms are stretched and players are acclimatized, would be a reasonable accommodation.”

Anderson noted that the IHSA’s sports medicine committee was in agreement with the decision.

The IHSA implemented the pitch count rule last year after the National Federation of State High School Associations mandated that every state create its own pitch count limit prior to the 2016 baseball season.

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