According the NYSPHSAA baseball coordinator Al Roy,each of the state’s 11 section has the option of using the run rule, commonly known as the mercy rule. Under the rule, a game will end with a run differential of 10 runs after 5 innings, or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is winning.
RUN RULE: If at the end of three (3) innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: four innings], two and one-half innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: three and one-half innings] if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of fifteen (15) runs or more, the manager of the team …
If a team has a 10-run deficit after seven innings, its manager should be able to ask his counterpart if they could simply stop at that point. If it’s agreed, then the game is over. Or, agree before the game that if it gets to such a deficit after seven, it stops.
After a batted ball has been touched (deflected) by an infielder, if the ball then strikes a runner (unintentionally on the part of the runner), it is alive and in play despite the fact that another infielder may be in position to field the ball.
Baseball is sometimes called the timeless game. Unlike football, basketball or soccer, there’s no clock. The teams keep playing until there’s a winner. Theoretically, the game could go on and on forever.
4-2-2 The game ends when the team behind in score has completed its turn at bat in the seventh inning, or any inning thereafter if extra innings are necessary. If the home team scores a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning, or in any extra inning, the game is terminated at that point.
In the American League, the longest 0–0 game was played between the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers on July 16, 1909. The game was called after 18 innings due to darkness at Bennett Park in Detroit.
There is no mercy rule in MLB, not even the usual 10 run rule!
What is the highest-scoring game in MLB history? As noted in the list above, the Cubs and Phillies own the highest-scoring game in MLB history with 49 total runs on Aug. 25, 1922. Philadelphia once trailed 25-6 and almost pulled off an improbable comeback, but fell three runs short of tying the score.
Mercy Rule: If a team is losing by 10 runs or more after completing their fourth half-inning at-bat, that team has the exclusive option of exercising the mercy rule and ending the game (not the other team or the umpire).
If a regulation game is terminated early due to weather, the results are considered final if the home team is leading. If the home team is trailing, the results are considered final if the game is not in the midst of an inning when the visiting team has taken the lead.
SECTION 79. By conference rule, or mutual consent of both coaches before the contest, a game may be stopped only after seven innings if one team is ahead by at least 10 runs.
How many innings are needed for an MLB game? A matchup must make it through the top of the fifth inning at a minimum before it can be considered an official game. If the home team is trailing at that point, the bottom of the fifth inning must be played in order for the game to be marked official.
An official game is recorded if the game completes the fifth inning (15 total outs per team) or if the home team is leading in the middle of the fifth inning. If rain impacts a game before it is deemed “official,” the game is suspended and will be resumed at a later date.
In the seventh inning, the game goes into a rain delay with the Red Sox up 5-3. If the game goes into a rainout, the action will pick up the next day, starting in the seventh inning, different from a regular-season game that would count the Red Sox as the winner by default.
A fielder who is making a play on a batted ball is “protected” from interference by a base runner. In other words, the fielder gets the right-of-way in cases where a base runner converges on a fielder who is making a play on a batted ball.
If a batter swings and misses a ball and in the process unintentionally hits this catcher on his backswing, it shall be called a strike, and not batter interference. Batter non-interference applies as long as the batter’s feet remain in the batter’s box. The ball is called dead by the umpire and the play is halted.
In baseball, when a fair ball touches the runner before an infielder (not including the pitcher) makes a play on the ball, the play is ruled interference on the baserunner. The baserunner is out, the ball is dead, the batter is awarded a single, and the closest defender is credited with a putout.
MLB has used the Draft League’s 2022 season to examine a radical rule change: sudden-death extra innings. When a game is tied after nine innings, the teams play one final half-inning. A runner starts on first base for the hitting team, and if that team scores a run, it wins the game.
This is the longest game in MLB history in terms of time. It took eight hours and six minutes – and it had to be completed over two days. The game began on May 8. With 14,754 fans in attendance at Comiskey Park, the two teams played 17 innings before the game was suspended at 1 a.m. with the score tied, 3-3.
The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings, two teams from the Triple-A International League, played the longest game in professional baseball history. It lasted 33 innings, with 8 hours and 25 minutes of playing time.
There have been only five forfeits in Major League Baseball since 1954; the last forfeit was in 1995, and prior to that, 1979. Since 1914, there has only been one incident where a team deliberately made a decision to forfeit a game, by the 1977 Baltimore Orioles.
The rule was a byproduct of the COVID-19-affected 2020 and 2021 seasons, and places a runner on second base to begin each half-inning from the 10th inning onward. The idea is to put a runner in an advantageous – but not automatic – position to score in order to bring extra-inning games to a quicker resolution.