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Old Mon Mar 18, 2013, 10:16pm
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40-0!

While drying out after a one inning rainout I check my e-mail. I can't find a link, but a fellow broadcaster tells me Pierce County (Ga.) defeated Savannah 40-0 in three innings. He said Pierce had batters go one base at a time, even had right handed batters bat left handed. There were so many walks and errors, everyone played. Some runners obviously got into a rundown to get an out.

What is your worst game?
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Old Tue Mar 19, 2013, 10:21am
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37-0, 9th grade girls softball. 3 innings, almost 2 hours.

I distinctly remember two things from the game:
1) a pop fly to F9. She didn't even have to take a step. All she had to do was reach her glove out and catch the ball. She did, the ball bounced out of her glove and onto the ground.

2) the team that got beat actually turned a triple play in the 2nd inning: First batter was HBP, 2nd batter reached on and F6, and 3rd batter hit into a triple play on the first pitch.
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Old Tue Mar 19, 2013, 12:27pm
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Two seasons ago.... D-3 game, game 2 of a DH.... 21-17 in 3:47..... Lots of action on the bases (no defense)!
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Old Tue Mar 19, 2013, 01:56pm
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I honestly cannot remember the worst game I've ever umpired. There have been plenty of them, and I try to forget them as soon as I walk off the field.

That said, if I had to pick a level of play where I've seen the biggest gap in talent between teams (leading to these kinds of blowouts), it's JV Girls Softball. Around here, the better schools have a JV team that would give some schools' varsity teams a run for their money. So when they play those schools' JV squads, the games get ugly quick.

I recall some JV games when I started umpiring softball that never got past the second inning before we reached the time limit (yes, our JV softball games are time limited for this very reason).
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Old Tue Mar 19, 2013, 02:46pm
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I had one of those blowouts once. The winning coach asked me (privately) what he could do to put an end to the madness without insulting the other team by striking out on purpose or other similar stuff. I told him to have every batter try and hit a one-hopper to the second baseman (and not try and beat it out). It didn't always work - like when F4 tried to get the lead runner at 3rd - but eventually they got the outs.
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Old Tue Mar 19, 2013, 04:36pm
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Have a strike zone from hell for the winning team.
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Old Tue Mar 19, 2013, 10:52pm
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Even worse

I had to watch my son's JV game...30-0
Killed me that the senior umpire on the bases did nothing for the first year behind the dish....this guy was calling major league zone....eeeesh...plus it was typical Seattle weather- 40 degrees and windy...
Bit my tounge....
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Old Wed Mar 20, 2013, 10:01am
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About 15 years ago as a 1st year teacher, I was given the assignment of coaching the girls slow-pitch softball team. The school hadn't had a team in 4 or 5 years. I had 16 girls show up for try-outs the 1st day; one took a fly ball off the nose and another took a ground ball off the eye...I only had 14 show up on day 2 of try-outs.

Long story short, I ended up with no juniors or seniors on the team. I started 4 7th graders and 3 8th graders. We opened the season against a team that had won 2 of the last 3 state championships. We lost game 1 45-0...and it was the first of a double-header lol. We actually played much better after the nervousness of the 1st game and tied them 5-5 in game 2, but I'll never forget the epic beating of that day!
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Old Wed Mar 20, 2013, 10:45am
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I had 16 girls show up for try-outs the 1st day; one took a fly ball off the nose and another took a ground ball off the eye...I only had 14 show up on day 2 of try-outs.
Heck, that's good. I would've expected only 4 or 5 of them showing up after those two injuries!
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Old Wed Mar 20, 2013, 06:24pm
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Great stories!

The rainout had all the ingredients for such a blowout. The home team had beaten a weaker team 18-0 Friday, and the visiting team lost Friday 21-0.

Top of the first saw a strikeout and a single. Then the third batter struck out with the ball hitting the dirt. First base was occupied, sort of. The batter-runner decided to run to first anyway and the catcher threw to first, catching R1 spectating a few feet from the bag! After tagging him out, F3 stepped on the bag before BR touched first, but I don't think it mattered. After the first run scored in the bottom of the first, the rain and lightning came. I'm not sure I should have been disappointed in a rainout or relieved to not broadcast a lopsided game.
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Old Tue Apr 02, 2013, 09:56pm
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I had one of those blowouts once. The winning coach asked me (privately) what he could do to put an end to the madness without insulting the other team by striking out on purpose or other similar stuff. I told him to have every batter try and hit a one-hopper to the second baseman (and not try and beat it out). It didn't always work - like when F4 tried to get the lead runner at 3rd - but eventually they got the outs.
I like it when the coach of the team that is winning has the girls leave the base early so they are called out. It is quick, doesn't ruin anybody's stats, and doesn't appear to make a mockery of the game.
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Old Wed Apr 03, 2013, 08:30am
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Just had a 19-0 mercy game on Sat. Hm team up to bat with one out remaining and then the Vis. got their last chance. Pitch comes in on the ground 2ft outside zone. I call strike and batter say's "that was kind of wide blue", I say, "then your probably not going to like the next strike either, swing the bat please". He does and strikes out.

I tell him at the end of the inning that I knew that was his third trip to the plate that inning and we needed to move the game along. He turns around, looks at me and says " Im cool with that Blue".

Sometimes you just have to umpire!
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Old Wed Apr 03, 2013, 08:38am
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What is your worst game?
JUCO game home team is up 14-2 in a scheduled nine inning. When we finish top of seven we are done. VT puts up a 14 spot in the top of the seventh.
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Old Wed Apr 03, 2013, 08:41am
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JUCO game home team is up 14-2 in a scheduled nine inning. When we finish top of seven we are done. VT puts up a 14 spot in the top of the seventh.
Let me guess, the 7th inning went over an hour?
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Old Wed Apr 03, 2013, 08:41am
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Sometimes you just have to umpire!
While I agree with your statement, I don't think that what you did (if accurately described) should be called "umpiring."
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