Bay State Conference baseball teams will now use aluminum bats – Sports – Needham Times

The Bay State Conference, which was once the most unique baseball conference in all of Massachusetts, has now fallen in line with the rest.

The Bay State Conference, which was once the most unique baseball conference in all of Massachusetts, has now fallen in line with the rest.

For some that’s fine, and for others it is what it is.

That blanket statement comes on the heels of the 12 BSC athletic directors meeting to vote on various sports matters this past spring.

The biggest subject discussed was the hot-button issue of the use of wood or aluminum bats in high school baseball.

And after deciding to change from nine-inning games to seven-inning affairs last year, the BSC is once again making another major move as all 12 teams will switch from “wood only” to “player’s choice” when it comes to bats, allowing hitters to now use aluminum bats next spring season.

“[Former Needham AD] Micah [Hauben] at the time voted for it, and I agree with it,” Needham athletic director Dan Lee said. “It adds a little bit to the game in terms of offense and just in general trying to build baseball back up in youth sports and the games that we play in non-league during the regular (season) we use the BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution), and to have a little more pop in the lineup makes for a little more of an enjoyable game for the kids.”

In order for a new rule to be implemented in the BSC, two-thirds of the schools have to agree on a vote for a change.

With Dedham abstaining from the vote – most likely because they are leaving the BSC – that meant eight out of 11 AD’s had to vote for player’s choice.

And that’s just what happened.

But not everyone wanted to change.

“Wellesley voted to stay with the wood and feel that it is best for reasons of safety as well as better baseball,” Wellesley AD John Brown said. “The AD’s in the league did not agree [with us] so we will fall in line and play within the new rules the same as we did when the vote changed the games from nine to seven innings last year.

“Our league has always been different from other leagues in the state and I think [it’s] special. Our BSC baseball teams have had a lot of success and hopefully that continues.”

Brown is spot on with the BSC’s success.

Eight out of the 12 baseball teams in the conference made the state tournament this past season.

Braintree and Newton North both played in the Super 8…

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