Hello! I would appreciate your comments on the situation that unfolded here this past week.
Last weekend the District Championship game for Florida District 2 LL BB was held in West Melbourne, Florida. The West Melbourne (WMLL) team of 12 yr. olds faced the Eau Gallie (EGLL) team and the game ended in controversy because an illegal bat was used to hit a homerun and bring in the winning runs.
The WMLL coach tried to call timeout immediately after the homerun but the umpires did not grant it. Not until after 2-3 pitches were thrown to the next hitter was his request granted since he would not stop calling for time. The EGLL team tried to hide the bat but it was eventually brought back for the umpires to review and it was deemed illegal. However, the umpires determined the protest had come too late. On that technicality, the umpires presented the WMLL coach the option to play or forfeit the championship game.
The Southeastern Region officers were given facts on Monday and they did not return a ruling until late Friday evening.
- The bat used is illegal.
- The runs count and the EGLL keeps the win.
- The EGLL coach and player have to sit out the next game.
- EGLL advances to Sectional.
- WMLL season is over.
While the rule states that the WMLL coach had to call timeout before the next hitter was pitched to, what happens when the umpires will not give him the time out he is calling for?
How can the LL admit that the bat used to bring in the winning runs is illegal and let the runs stand and the cheating team advance?
What do you tell little 12 yr. olds who are taught to obey the rules when they see the cheating team be rewarded and their season cut short?
What if EGLL wins Sectional? Can you imagine the headlines - "Team Uses Hot Bat to Blaze Trail to Williamsport" ?
(picture of the yellow Louisville Catalyst on the fence prior to being used)
I appreciate your time and your comments.