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This weekend our 13U team was playing in a 14 team tournament. On Saturday, or day #1 we were playing in our 2nd game of the day and we were deadlocked in a zero to zero ballgame which neither team seemed to be able to get anything going. Then comes the 3th inning of a 7 inning game and our starting pitcher who usually throws a lot of strikes seemed to have it a wall or have a mental block and walked the bases loaded with no outs. I turned to the manager of our team and told him that he should bring in his son right now to get out of this mess if possible and he told me that no, he was going to save him to close the game instead. I then told him that if they get a big hit right here there will not be a game to close as both teams seam to be off with hitting in this game. And I also told him that it would also be a great opportunity for his son to come into a new situation that he will forever have experience for down the road. He took my advice, and had the SS not made an error we would have gotten out of the inning giving up no runs but instead we gave up only one run. His son didn't pitch again in the game and we went on to win the game 3-1. My question is, why don't more managers, even at the highest levels, do this? This might be the defining moment of the game and this might be the time that you need your best pitcher to give your team a chance to win the game. I understand that you have to give your starter a good chance to win the game but when he walks the bases loaded he clearly has lost his best stuff that particular day and might need to be picked up by his teammates.