Bulldogs plan 100-inning game

Published 10:38 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The King’s Fork varsity and junior varsity baseball teams will participate in a 100-Inning Preseason Game on Saturday morning at King’s Fork High School. The game will start at 9 a.m.

“It’s the first time the baseball program will do this,” Bulldogs varsity coach Pat Stafford said. “Normally teams will do this as a fund-raiser. We’re not really doing it as (that).”

Anyone is welcome to attend, free of charge. Stafford cited it as a good opportunity for parents and fans to get a preview of the skills present on the 2013 team during an event that he hopes will become a tradition for the program.

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Taking place on the final weekend before the beginning of the regular season, it will serve as a way to get the team energized by presenting them with an endurance challenge. The only significant break is scheduled around the midway point of the game.

“Really the purpose is to just have a little bit of fun,” Stafford said.

He explained that the game will feature “a little bit a of a modified format where the coaches throw.”

Four coaches will alternate, with each handling about 25 innings of work.

Two varsity captains will choose from among the varsity and JV players to form two teams – the maroon team and the gray team.

Each team will be on offense for three innings at a time and then switch. Before reaching the conclusion of a team’s third inning in a row at bat, achieving three outs will clear the bases.

Every player on each team will get the opportunity to hit.

After a hundred innings are completed, an official Bulldog trophy engraved with the winning team’s name will be presented.

Stafford said that with this format, the game will last approximately six hours.