LHSAA focusing more on pitch-count in future state baseball tournaments

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BATON ROUGE -- After coming under fire following a pair of controversial baseball games last May, the LHSAA announced today during an executive session that it will take steps towards fixing that in the future.

In both Grace Christian's loss to Claiborne Christian in the Division V state final and St. Thomas Aquinas' loss to Notre Dame in the Division III final, the winning team's pitch count was inaccurately recorded, with both starting pitchers for CCS and Notre Dame throwing more than 125 pitches. Due to player safety, the LHSAA has a rule in place that stipulates that a team forfeits if a pitcher exceeds 125 pitches.

In future state tournaments, teams will be required to each have a representative in the press box to keep track of their respective pitcher's pitch-count, while an LHSAA representative will also be present to keep track of both.

In addition, the pitch-count for each pitcher will be announced before each half inning.