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Weekly Announcements

March
18

REPORT BASEBALL PITCH COUNTS USING GAME CHANGER OR KSHSAA WEBSITE
The last two years schools have been required to record pitch counts for each game played. That will be true again this year through two avenues. Schools may use their Game Changer account or go directly to the KSHSAA website. This needs to be done before midnight the day of the game. Below are instructions for each option. (KSHSAA website must be used for subvarsity competition. There is no Game Changer option.)

Reporting via Game Changer (varsity only):

In order for us to use the Game Changer data, we must have your school's “Game Changer school ID” on record.

Log into the KSHSAA website, click on activities, then click on baseball. You will see these instructions:

Your Game Changer ID can be found in the URL on the Game Changer website. Go to any game within your school's current schedule and click on your school name. The Game Changer ID will be the last 24 characters within the URL. Copy and paste those characters in the filed below and click the "Save" button. If the Game Changer ID ever changes, be sure to follow the same instructions to update your ID.

The KSHSAA will import all games from Game Changer the next business day following each baseball game. Please allow up to 24 hours for the data to appear on the KSHSAA website.

Reporting Directly to the KSHSAA website:

Log into the KSHSAA website. Go to the win/loss report for baseball.

Then click on the baseball image to input pitches thrown for each player.

This is also the place where you will find the link to input subvarsity pitch counts.

Umpire Clinic
The KSHSAA organized a two-person umpire clinic March 17 in Salina. Our thanks to Salina Central and clinicians that put on a very informative clinic for newly registered umpires in the state. Over 20 umpires were able to get on-field experience along with step-by-step explanations for positions for the two-person mechanics.

Situations
SITUATION: R1 is off with the pitch, which the batter hits high and deep down the first-base foul line. As the ball is caught at the fence, R1 has missed second base and is standing on third when the ball goes dead on an overthrow. R1 retreats to first base and touches second base as he returns. RULING: Had the ball not been dead, R1’s retreat would have been legal and his touching of second on his return would satisfy his baserunning requirements under the principle of “last time by.” However, since R1 was on third base (the succeeding base from the missed second base) when the ball became dead, he cannot return to second base and/or first base. If the defense legally appeals his missing second base on his advance, he would be declared out. (8-2-5, 8-2-6l)

SITUATION 11: No outs and no runners on base when the batter swings and misses strike three that is in the dirt. As the batter-runner takes off for first, the catcher moves to pick up the ball and throw it to the first baseman. Meanwhile, the plate umpire has also moved to see the resulting action better and inadvertently interferes with the catcher’s throw, which sails to the outfield. The batter-runner advances to second base. RULING: It is only umpire interference if the act is specifically identified as umpire interference in the rules. By rule, it is umpire interference when a plate umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pickoff play. Any other occasion where an umpire hinders a play is to be considered incidental contact. The intent of the rule for umpire interference by a plate umpire is to prevent the possibility of interference where a catcher is trying to throw immediately after a pitch, and the umpire has to be in position to see that pitch, and there is contact. In this play, it is incidental contact and the result of the play shall stand. (2-21-2, 8-3-6)

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