A tale of two Leairds

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Daniel Leaird the winning closer; coach Mitch Leaird contests substitution

By Don Worthington

CHESTERFIELD – Mitch Leaird has been coaching baseball for 27 years. Last week, against Chesterfield, he recorded a first  – he played a game under protest.
It happened in the sixth inning when Chesterfield used a courtesy runner for its catcher. High school rules allow teams to use a courtesy runner for pitchers and catchers.
Leaird protested when the courtesy runner entered the game. The player had been a courtesy runner earlier in the game, that time for the pitcher.

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