PIERRE, S.D. – Run production so far this year in Class B Amateur baseball along with High School Baseball is down from previous years. The reason given is the fact that both leagues are using wood bats and not using aluminum or metal bats. Last year at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament, held in Mitchell, there was an average of 4.013 runs per game. This number dropped significantly from previous years when aluminum bats were used. In 2011, the last year Class B amateur players used aluminum bats, the tournament recorded an average of 7.49 runs per game, more than three runs per game than last year. In 2010, there was an average of 6.984 runs per game. Class A amatuer teams have gone solely to wooden bats over the course of the last few years and run production for those teams has also declined. Number of runs have also declined at the high school level, which is played from March to the end of May, before the start of the summer Legion season. Pierre, playing in it’s first year in the spring high school league has scored a total of 8 runs in four games and has been shutout in 3 of those contest. In last week’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of Mitchell, Pierre had just 7 hits in the two games and all were singles. Pierre has just one extra base hit so far this season.
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