The Executive Committee of the Mississippi High School Activities Association has upheld the decision of the executive director to withdraw the Bruce baseball team from championship play. That sends Hamilton to the Class 2A championship series in Pearl next week.
The decision cites the MHSAA Handbook, which states: “A pitcher shall not pitch more than 17 innings per week.”
Bruce’s Caleb Hanley pitched 17 2/3 innings last week. including appearances in his team’s three-game series victory against Hamilton.
“The head coach at each school is responsible for knowing the rules of his or her sport,” the committee wrote in its statement, released late Wednesday morning.
“The MHSAA regrets that a situation such as this has occurred at any time—but it is especially regrettable during the post season or play-off season,”
MHSAA Executive Director Ennis Proctor said in a statement. “In order to be fair to all of our schools who have followed the rules, we must enforce the rule and not allow Bruce High School to advance in the playoffs due to this rule violation. It is regrettable that student athletes must suffer for adult mistakes.”
Read more on this story in Thursday’s Daily Journal.
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