Mullen - who conducted similar preseason fundraisers in 1999 and 2000 as head coach at Southeast - also mandated the use of a pitching machine to reduce wear and tear on the Mustangs' young arms and guarantee batters plenty of good pitches to hit.
The machine was set at 78 miles per hour, about the speed of an average high school fastball. Players started their at-bats with a 2-1 count, forcing them to take their cuts early. "The first pitch you see that's good, you swing," said junior pitcher-shortstop Cas Dean.
Hmmm, 78 mile per-hour fastballs and hacking away at the first pitch you see. Sounds a lot like every White Sox game I saw last year.