A source close to the situation confirmed that Bruce had been notified by the Mississippi High School Activities Association it must forfeit its victory, which would allow Hamilton to advance.
Bruce appealed the ruling to the MHSAA executive committee, which is expected to make its ruling Wednesday.
“The only thing I’m certain of is there will be a decision (tomorrow),” Bruce principal Mark Grubbs told the NEMS Daily Journal Tuesday. He would not confirm Bruce had been told it must forfeit its win.
Bruce beat Hamilton 6-5 Saturday to claim a trip to the Class 2A state championship series in Pearl.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association has reportedly decided to enforce a rule that Bruce pitcher Caleb Hanley broke throughout the course of the week.
An MHSAA rule states that pitchers are allowed to pitch only 17 innings in a week. Hanley threw seven innings Monday in Game 3 against Eupora, 6 Thursday against Hamilton and 4 2/3 on Saturday.
According to one source, one pitch qualifies for an inning in the rule, therefore giving Hanley 18 innings last week.
Two seasons ago in slowpitch softball, Ingomar accidentally played an extra regular season game and the Association banned the school from that postseason.
Read more about this story in Wednesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.
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