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New rule installs pitch count
High school baseball rules next year will require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game.
The Oregon School Activities established pitching limits a year ago. Those limits were voluntary during the past season, but will be mandatory next spring.
Under Oregons new high school rules, a pitcher cannot throw more than 110 pitches in a day, except he can complete pitching to a batter if he reaches the 110th pitch during a particular batters at bat.
Additional restrictions under Oregons new regulations include: 26-45 pitches in a game requires one day of rest before the next pitching appearance; 46-60 pitches requires two days rest; 61-85 pitches requires three days rest; over 85 pitches requires four days rest similar to the stepladder format long used by Little League.
Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, Aug. 12, print edition.