Greene County high school baseball got underway Monday, May 22, with a 1-0 loss at Prairie City-Monroe. The Rams evened their record with an 8-0 victory at Collins-Maxwell-Baxter Thursday, May 25.
New this year in high school and junior high baseball is a mandatory pitch count rule adopted by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Pitchers will be required to take a specified number of days rest after throwing the following number of pitches: 1-25 pitches, no rest required; 26-40 pitches, one day rest; 41-65 pitches, two days rest; 66-90 pitches, three days rest; and for grades 10-12, 91-110 pitches, four days rest.
When the pitcher reaches 110, he may not pitch to another batter. He may only finish pitching to the current batter. If an individual were to pitch on consecutive days, the two or more-day total would determine how many days of rest would be required before the individual could return to pitch. The consecutive day total cannot exceed 110 pitches.
Tenth-12th graders may throw 180 pitches in a week. Eighth-ninth graders may throw 150 pitches in a week. A week is defined as Sunday to Saturday.
If an individual were to throw 25 or fewer pitches in game one of a doubleheader, he may return to pitch in game two, up to 110 pitches for the day. If an individual were to throw more than 25 pitches in game one of a doubleheader, he would be ineligible to pitch in game two.
PCM 1 ~ Greene Co 0
The Greene County baseball season began with a one-run loss to Heart of Iowa Activities Conference foe, the PCM Mustangs.
PCM scored an unearned run in the second inning which was all they needed as the Rams could not put together enough hits to score. Greene County had singles from Ben Wilkins and Austin Delp.
PCM had three hits off Delp. The right hander struck out nine batters, walked three and hit one with a pitch. The team committed three errors.
Greene Co 8 ~ CMB 0
Greene County picked up its first win in Collins over CMB by a score of 8-0. Coach Mark Sawhillâ€™s team scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second and four in the third while shutting out the Raiders.
Pitchers Ben Wilkins and Dylan Fouch combined for a one-hitter with Wilkins striking out five batters for the win in six innings pitched.
Greene County collected seven hits from seven different players. Austin Delp doubled and drove in a run, while Trey Tucker had a single and an RBI. Others with base hits were Wilkins, Tom Gannon, Chase Stoline, Logan Lansman, and Fouch. ~The Scranton Journal