On Field Drubbings Invoke HS Mercy Rule

Lopsided baseball win leads to mercy rule changes

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    by Bruce Felps

    Almost one month to the day after their first meeting of the season, Lake Highlands High and Samuell High schools, play a rematch game tomorrow evening.

    The game might draw a fair amount of attention because of the final score from the first meeting, which certainly did drawn a fair amount of attention.

    Lake Highlands blew out and blew up Samuell either 53-0 or 57-0. Let’s just average it out and call it 55-0. According to an Associated Press report, that score turned out to be the harshest drubbing in state high school baseball history

    It was so bad, in fact, the “local school district” changed the mercy rule that applies to lopsided games, although the article did not specify which district. Lake Highlands, even though it’s located in Dallas, belongs to the Richardson ISD and Samuell is part of Dallas ISD.

    Either way, sanctioning officials will now allow a game to be called complete if one team leads by 15 runs after three innings. Under terms of the old rule, teams had to play five innings before the game could enter the record books.

    So, one way or another the score Friday night will be closer. How’s that for a bold prediction?


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’d root for Samuell if he really cared about high school baseball.