Baseball: Gaels protest upheld vs. Amity

A protest made by Shelton High School regarding its Housatonic Division baseball contest at Amity Regional on Wednesday, May 6, has been upheld.

Shelton protested the game after a balk was called on its pitcher on an attempted steal of third base in the bottom of the fifth inning.

On May 7, Greater New Haven Baseball Umpires Association informed SCC Commissioner Al Carbone and Baseball Chairperson Jon Capone, along with the two schools’ athletic directors, that the umpires had an incorrect interpretation of the balk rule.

A committee of three SCC athletic directors, along with Carbone and Capone, unanimously affirmed the protest, and agreed that the disputed call had a direct impact on the game.

As a result, the game will be resumed later this week with Amity batting in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the score tied at 4.  There will be a runner at first base and one out.  There is a 0-2 count on batter Matt Ronai.

From the SCC CONSTITUTION

1.7 CONTEST APPEAL/PROTEST/GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

  1. Protests shall be submitted in writing by the principal of the offended school to the SCC Commissioner within forty-eight (48) hours for action.
  2. The protest will be heard by a committee of Athletic Directors of member schools appointed by the SCC Commissioner. Principals will become involved if the committee is unable to resolve the protest. The SCC Commissioner will chair the committee.
  3. The SCC Commissioner will render a decision within seventy-two (72) hours of receiving the written appeal/ protest. Copies of the decision will be sent to the principals and athletic directors of the schools involved.
  4. An official’s judgment call cannot be protested. Only misapplication of the rules may be protested.

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