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Old 04-26-05, 06:12 PM
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Softball coach suspended after 55-0 win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 55-0 score not only earned a girls' softball coach a victory -- it also drew a two-game suspension for running up the tally.

Central Cabarrus softball coach Monte Sherrill will miss two games this week, serving a suspension imposed by the school resulting from a blowout of West Charlotte on April 15.

Sources tell The Charlotte Observer that Sherrill had been warned by school officials about lopsided scores last year. The suspension means he's missing today's home game against West Mecklenburg and another one Friday at Independence.

In the West Charlotte game, Central Cabarrus scored 30 in the first inning and 25 in the second, getting 43 hits.

West Charlotte's athletics director says it's the worst display of sportsmanship he's seen in 20 years of coaching.

North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules call for a game to be stopped if a team is leading by ten or more runs after five complete innings.

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Old 04-26-05, 06:26 PM
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See this is ridiculous. He should only be suspended if he commands his players to extend effort to run up the score.

Last year I was on a softball team that was up 25-1 after 2 innings. We were literally walking from base to base and not taking any extra bases if the ball went deep into the outfield.

You can't stick it to them this way, but you also can't exactly tell your players to go up there and strike out.
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Sounds like they need to change their mercy rule instead of suspending coaches.
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Old 04-26-05, 06:29 PM
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I've never understood whats wrong with "running up the score".The job of your offense is to SCORE. If its that bad the the other team should just quit.
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Old 04-26-05, 06:31 PM
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And I had $1,000 riding on West Charlotte in this game! Damnit!
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Originally Posted by Manco
I've never understood whats wrong with "running up the score".The job of your offense is to SCORE. If its that bad the the other team should just quit.

Running up the score is disrespectful. That doesnt necessarily mean that happened here, though. Its entirely possible to just totally destroy a team without running up the score.
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Old 04-26-05, 06:33 PM
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...running up the tally.

...coach Monte Sherrill
He musta taken a page from his brother Jackie.
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That's true... in softball/baseball, what do you do? After 40 or so runs, tell them to start striking out on purpose? I'm sure after a while the scrubs were brought in, and they were still hitting... the ump should've called the game well before this point...

I do feel bad for the pitcher, though... at least they don't keep stats in these kinds of games, right? Or can you have a 20 ERA?

I do wonder what happened... did they just stop in the middle of the second inning? The rule states that the game stops after the fifth...
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And I had $1,000 riding on West Charlotte in this game! Damnit!
Yeah well. I had Central Cabarrus -57.
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Old 04-26-05, 06:35 PM
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They need to change the rule. They were up by a ton, but according to the rules they will only call a game for the mercy rule after the 5th inning. I disagree with the suspension.
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Most mercy rules I've seen have been the game gets called if you are up by 10 at the end of any inning.
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Originally Posted by chrisih8u
Running up the score is disrespectful. That doesnt necessarily mean that happened here, though. Its entirely possible to just totally destroy a team without running up the score.
Fuck that. You play until the end of the game. I'm in a company basketball league and we're the worst team (0-7). I'm not complaining to my opponent to take it easy if they outscore us by more than 30. That's our fault. If my teammates can't commit to playing until the clock reads 0:00, then we deserve to get our ass handed to us. Not the fault of the team winning. I play hard regardless of what the score is, in a winning or losing effort.
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Theres a difference to playing hard and scoring as many points as possible. Theres no need to bunt or steal bases when you have an insurmountable lead.
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Originally Posted by fujishig
That's true... in softball/baseball, what do you do? After 40 or so runs, tell them to start striking out on purpose? I'm sure after a while the scrubs were brought in, and they were still hitting... the ump should've called the game well before this point...

I do feel bad for the pitcher, though... at least they don't keep stats in these kinds of games, right? Or can you have a 20 ERA?

I do wonder what happened... did they just stop in the middle of the second inning? The rule states that the game stops after the fifth...
55 runs = 2 innings
27.5 / inning
9*27.5 = ERA

=247.5

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I don't think the coach should be suspended for this. They should've called the game when it got to 20-0. Place the blame on the ump or the league rules, not the coach.
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Originally Posted by Preacher
55 runs = 2 innings
27.5 / inning
9*27.5 = ERA

=247.5

I think the sox finally found someone to replace Wells...
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In ASA (and NSAA) softball, the game is called after 5 innings and a team is ahead by >10 runs (or 4.5 innings if the home team is ahead).

I actually disagree with this rule, as I've seen a comeback as big as 15 runs in a softball game before (down 15 runs after 3 innings, come back to win it in extras). In slow pitch ball, 10 runs is far from insurmountable. Fast pitch, who knows.
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The suspension is absurd. They need to change the mercy rule, and whatever team lost by 55 needs to disband the softball team IMO if they regularly lose that badly.
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It's high school softball, so this isn't like professional or even Division I collegiate sports, where complaints about running up the score are just absurd. You don't want to run up the score in high school sports where most people are playing for fun and experience. That being said, how exactly do you not run up the score in softball? This isn't football where you can call some running plays and so forth. I'm not sure what they expect the coach to do...
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they scored 30 in the first inning and 25 in the second inning and won 55-0.

that means that after the second inning, they didn't score any more runs.

it sounds like he DID call off the dogs.

did the school expect the team to let the other team score runs?
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Originally Posted by Preacher
55 runs = 2 innings
27.5 / inning
9*27.5 = ERA

=247.5

Dammit! That really fucks with my HS Fantasy Baseball stats.
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Originally Posted by Manco
I've never understood whats wrong with "running up the score".The job of your offense is to SCORE. If its that bad the the other team should just quit.


According to the story: "North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules call for a game to be stopped if a team is leading by ten or more runs after five complete innings."

Why is it the coach's fault his team scored runs?

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thats friggin insane
where do I send my hate mail email to voice my opinion
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Next time, just to make a point, the coach needs to go way overboard when he is leading by so much. After the players hit the ball, have them literally crawl to first or run to third instead. Maybe if he makes a complete mockery of the game, they will realize how stupid it is to expect players not to play hard.
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http://www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/central/softball.htm

holy crap!

in 19 games, they're 19-0 with 14 shutouts.
Runs scored: 229.
Runs allowed: 8.
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