(S.D.) - SD high schools switch to wooden baseball bats
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Fans of high school baseball in South Dakota are hearing a new sound at the ball fields this season: the crack of wooden bats.
Wooden bats are replacing metal ones - a switch that took place in North Dakota nearly five years ago.
Lincoln High School coach Matt Meyers in Sioux Falls says the switch has already been "great for baseball." He tells the Argus Leader that it's sped up the games and made players better hitters.
Others say wooden bats make good hitters more patient.
Metal bats became popular in the 1970s. The material was less likely to break, and it allowed balls to fly harder and farther, resulting in higher scores. But with the speed came injuries that led some to promote a switch back to wood.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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