Tribune photo by Tom Larson
Area bat racks for area baseball teams look the same this year, but the new BBCOR bats shown here are in use for the first time this season and are making it tougher for hitters to generate offense.
Offense takes a hit as area teams adjust to new bats
The sound of bat hitting ball is a little different this season in the area's prep ballparks.
For the first time, all U.S. high school baseball teams are required to use a new bat that is intended to improve safety. At the same time, the bat is tempering offensive performances and changing the way teams pitch and play defense.
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