In this example from last weekend… again…. it’s my belief the batter was way more worried about where the middle
man was and had very little care about where the pitcher would end up.
Hence… hit the ball as hard as you could low and away from the middle infielder. Which is exactly what the hitter did.
If the pitchers were more worried about getting hurt then trying to field the ball… they would fall in line with the middle man when they think the batters going for a stay in the park hit.
If they felt that way…they wouldn’t be top level pitchers.
I watched the video of that play and everything was done properly other then maybe the guy that hit it saying something about “sorry that got you” to the pitcher. thank heavens the ball hit where it was… if he got hit in the neck,chest or face… we would all be talking about crazy bats, balls and screens right now… you know… the conversation that ALL OF SOFTBALL SHOULD HAVE BEEN HAVING ALL THIS TIME TO BEGIN WITH.
Let’s face it… everything after the play ended was guys just mouthing off and if the Conference is going to allow guys to scream swear words all day long… nothing should happen if they swear in the heat of that battle… now threatening assault… that’s a different story.
To finish this off.. the game is WAY TOO DANGEROUS with todays equipment. Problem is… players have to either except that or not play BECAUSE lord knows the powers that be are not not used on it.
My answer would be Wood bats at BLD sized fields.. then again… that’s how I started playing.