Yup, smarter thing to do might be to wield a bat both ends, or more evenly along its length. You lose a little in range but you gain in dexterity and speed.
In my opinion, but certainly not mu experience, a stab wound isn't the end game for a fight. You hear about guys dying of 17 stab wounds hours later at the hospital. In a fight its not going to be a KO, but I'd definitely take its relaitve speed and versatility over a bat.
Phillipino fighting sticks on the other hand....