CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – The Appalachian League announced the addition of a “sudden death” extra innings rule and the return of seven-inning games on Sundays.
EXTRA HANDLES: Similar to the Frontier League and MLB Draft League, the Appalachian League will implement a “sudden death” overtime innings format. At the home plate meeting before each game, the home team manager will determine if they wish to play offense or defense in the event of a tie after regulation (7 or 9 innings). For the offensive team, the player on the lineup card immediately preceding the due batter will be placed at first base. The defensive team will have three outs to prevent the offense from scoring. If the attacking team scores, they will win the game. If the defending team abandons the team without awarding a point, they will win the game. If the player starting the inning at first bases scores, it will count in the stats as a run for the player and an RBI for the batter who drove it (if any), but will not count in the ERA of the player. launcher. The sudden death rule ensures that no game will be played beyond 9.5 innings or beyond 7.5 innings for a doubles match.
SEVEN-ROUND SUNDAYS: All Sunday games will be scheduled for seven innings. Exception; Matches on Sunday, July 3 will be scheduled over nine innings.
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The 2022 Appalachian League Championship game will take place on August 8. The team with the best winning percentage in each division will qualify for the playoffs. These two teams will meet in a one-match winner-takes-all championship. In even years, the East Division Qualifier will host the Championship Game, while in odd years, the West Division Qualifier will host the Championship Game.