BURBANK — High school softball pitchers are getting used to dealing with a different dimension when it comes to their delivery to home plate.
This is the first season the pitching rubber has been moved back three feet to 43 feet, which will likely be a benefit for hitters. Area hurlers are adapting to the longer dimensions.
"We have had our pitchers throwing from 46 feet, so they can get used to pitching from a longer distance," Bellarmine-Jefferson High Coach John Castaneda said. "We want them to be ready."
First-year Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said the new dimensions have taken some getting used to.
"Some people might not think three feet is really that much, but it's a lot when it comes to softball pitching," he said. "It is definitely going to benefit the hitters, and I think you're going to see more offense."
The Guards are Indians are both coming off league-championship seasons, and both look to have talented teams again this year. Providence returns the majority of its team, and Burbank is dealing with the graduation of a crop of starting players.