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Raiders baseball beats Crosby, 35-2. Begging for a mercy rule in baseball.

POSTED April 29, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

WATERBURY: The Torrington baseball team has not had many nights that they headed home feeling good about what happened on the diamond that day.

Coming into play on Friday, the Raiders were carrying a 1-8 record around with them but got back on the bus with a positive yet mixed feeling after beating Crosby by a 35-2 final.

Yes, you read that right, 35-2.

It was one of those games that helps anyone arguing in favor of a mercy rule in baseball, including Raiders head coach Pat Richardson.

“We really need a mercy rule,” Richardson said, “We did everything we could to help them out by pulling the starters after four innings to only going station to station on hits and not advancing on passed balls. It just got ugly and the sad thing that gets lost is that we played well early against a pretty good pitcher.”

Softball has the mercy rule, not really sure what the hold-up is with baseball.

The whole idea is to keep high school kids from being embarrassed when a game gets out of hand.

What lesson are we teaching the Bulldog players who tried their best but it wasn’t working for them?

Cam Cerruto (4-6, 6 RBI’s), Ryan Ahlman (4-7, 4 RBI’s) and Dom Sabia (4-8, 5 runs scored and 2 RBI’s) all had great statistical games but at what cost?

Not having the ability to call it a day when the day is clearly done is a problem for every team.

Being on either end of this score helps no one.

Ben Richardson went four innings and got the win, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out 6.

Torrington amassed those 35 runs on 36 hits and received 8 walks.

Sure, this Raiders team needed a win and got one but something needs to be done.

It’s just not right.

Mercy anyone?     

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