I’d be interested to here this panel’s theories or strategies for creating a batting order consisting of more than 9 hitters.
In my town, the teams at all levels 5-12 years of age play with 11-13 players per roster and everyone bats before the first person bats a second time (what our town calls a continuous batting order). In a six inning game, the top 5-7 hitters are only guaranteed 2 at bats.
The two main strategies I’ve seen have those best hitters batting together in a cluster at the top of the order, or having those best 5 spread throughout the line-up in an attempt to have at least someone reasonably capable of getting the ball in play up to bat each inning.
Obviously, there are many ways to configure a batting order. I thought I’d try to get some feedback about these two styles and perhaps some new ideas of what else may be a good strategy.
For me, I’ve always tried to keep them together in an attempt to get a big inning, then as we get lower in the order, play some small ball and move any runners who manage to get on base, to create some defensive havok and try to move the batting order as quickly as possible through the weaker hitters to cycle back to the top more quickly.