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Published: Tuesday, April 23 2013 8:25 p.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Is it really necessary to beat a team 10-0? What about sportsmanship? It is far better to be a gracious victor, while giving younger players a chance to get in the game and develop their skills.

Heber, Utah

@JCS, well, in HS baseball there is a mercy rule of 10 runs. I looked at the box score and it appears that Lehi had 5 innings to try and score. Sometimes the other team is just better. It doesn't appear that PG tried to "run up" the score, they just had a good day at the plate. How is that bad sportsmanship? It's a region game, therefore important for state seeding, so no coach I know would risk losing. It's not that uncommon for HS teams to score 5-6 runs an inning, so you don't call off the dogs until you know for sure. But, the mercy rule took care of that in this case. Maybe now you could mention something about being a gracious loser?

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