One week after being told it would have to forfeit its Class 2A state semifinals series victory over Hamilton, the Bruce baseball team will try today to have its victory reinstated.
This morning in Jackson, a Hinds County Chancery Court judge will hear a motion filed by parents of the Bruce baseball players to overturn last Monday’s Mississippi High School Activities Association ruling that the Trojans had to forfeit its semifinals-series clinching win because their pitcher, Caleb Hanley, threw more than the allotted 17 innings in a week.
The motion challenges the language of the 17-inning rule, as well as MHSAA’s interpretation that Bruce had violated the rule and should forfeit its Game 3 series-clinching victory.
According to the Calhoun County Journal, if that motion is dismissed, “a succeeding appeal” has been authorized to be filed immediately on behalf of the Calhoun County School District.
A final decision is needed quickly, as the Class 2A state championship series is set to start on Tuesday afternoon.
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