The new bats have changed the way Edmond Santa Fe coach Lonny Cobble has managed the game.
“It's made us bunt a lot more, hit and run and try to advance that way,” Cobble said. “But the guys that can hit are still getting their hits. The ball just doesn't carry as far.”
Deer Creek coach Ron Moore hasn't discussed the new bats with his team.
“Most of the year, we didn't see a whole lot of difference,” Moore said. “The guys that could hit the home runs still hit a few here and there.”
But once Deer Creek's own tournament came around, Moore noticed the dip in power.
Only four home runs were hit through 24 tournament games.
“We hit a few balls that I think would've gone out last year,” Moore said. “But I don't think it's a big difference.”
The bats have allowed pitchers to be more aggressive.
“It helps them be a little more confident in going to the zone more,” Cobble said. “Guys are more prone to come after hitters a little more and come inside.
“I know our team ERA is under 2.00 as a team. That was a goal that we had, and we've got a few guys who can really throw it but the new bats definitely help that.”