How would you define the winning pitcher in a Little League that would only goes 6 innings? Starting pitcher goes 3 innings has a 9-0 lead then 2nd pitcher comes in for other 3. Final score 15-4. I feel that here he pitched the most effectively, and to save him for later games in the week. Now if he pitched 4 innings it would be no question, but as a lot of us know 4 innings may be a lot of innings/pitches for a 10-12 year old. I don’t see how you could give a W here to the relief pitcher just because the starter didn’t throw 4+ innings.
We have a team that is really stacked in pitching. They will use anywhere between 3-5 pitchers/game, sometimes. I have been giving the W to the pitcher that has the best outing and allows his team to gain the lead and it not be relinquished. Even though sometimes that might just be 1 inning. Ex. tie ballgame in 3rd inning, pitcher comes in retires other teams side. Team takes lead in top of 4th. Pitcher is relieved in bottom of 4th. Lead is never relinquished both the one or two relievers.
Your input is appreciated