Jason, as I said, I played at a high level and yes, we had what was called "Plan B." I was the "Plan B Guy." We tried to avoid the middle UNLESS a message had to be sent. I was dumb and full of spit and vinegar back then and so, the guys would come to me and tell me to plan b the pitcher. Most of the time, I sent the message witout hurting him. A few times... A lot of the guys I played with were former college or professional football players and so, we were very large as a team. For example Daryl Dixion was an All American at Michigan State and played pro football. I was by far the smallest guy and was a 1 or 3 hitter but to get on base. I was our team's defensive specialist and so, I moved around a lot.
Regarding the homeruns for DBOs. We had that when I played too but only in one or two of the associations. I was playing in Columbus Ohio and hit a bomb with no one on. We were a very competitive local team that was just good enough to lose in major "world" tournaments. I got the snot knocked out of me by three guys when I got into the dugout. Those guys had done thier fair share of drinking before hand and so they were not their normal selves. Turned into a bad event. I didn't intend to hit the homerun. I played with that team the following summer because I had already committed to them but I played that entire year without talking to a one of them.