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Door County League baseball: Burning slower with wood

DCL's move to wooden bats resulting in less offense, as expected

9:35 PM, Jul. 9, 2013
Kolberg's Jeff Sperber uses a resin bag to get a grip on his wooden bat at a recent Door County League game.
Kolberg's Jeff Sperber uses a resin bag to get a grip on his wooden bat at a recent Door County League game.
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The final verdict isn't yet in on this summer's "trial" experiment with wooden bats in Door County League baseball.

But a couple of conclusions are inescapable: The switch from aluminum to wood bats has had the expected outcome of reining in the DCL's offensive output while simultaneously shortening games, because pitchers are suddenly finding three outs easier to come by.

Whether those are good or bad developments for the Door Peninsula's venerable amateur baseball circuit awaits a postseason vote by the league's eight members. But as Kolberg Braves manager Dave Neinas put it in a recent ...

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