Hamilton will be playing in the Class 2A baseball championship series against Richton starting Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Bruce baseball team tried today to have its victory reinstated, but it was denied.
“All I know is is that we prevailed, but I haven’t seen the final document,” Mississippi High School Activites Association Executive Director Dr. Ennis Proctor said. “You’ve got to be able to defend your rules. I just hate it for the Bruce players and the Bruce community. We have rules and regulations and you’ve got to enforce those rules. I’m sorry for the Bruce kids, but it wouldn’t be fair to Hamilton, either.
This morning in Jackson, a Hinds County Chancery Court judge heard 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.
“Bittersweet, but my guys feel like they’re worthy and deserve the chance,” Hamilton baseball coach Lewis Earnest said.
Bruce could appeal to the state Supreme Court.
“It’s their right to appeal to the (state) Supreme Court,” Proctor said. “That would probably happen first thing (Tuesday) morning. If that happens, our attorneys would answer immediately. We are going to play the (2A) tournament. We must keep it going.”
Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.