RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Clover Hill beat Douglas Freeman 2-1 in ten innings Saturday night at Deep Run High School, but it’s the Rebels that will advance to the 5A South Region final and not the Cavaliers.
Clover Hill forfeited the game due to a violation of VHSL rules regarding innings pitched, according to Douglas Freeman Head Coach Ray Moore.
Clover Hill pitcher Kyle Hasforth threw four innings for Clover Hill against Deep Run Tuesday. That game was suspended due to weather, and the Cavaliers finished off the Wildcats 9-1 Friday. Hasforth pitched again on Saturday and had shut out the Rebels through four innings when the teams’ coaches and athletic directors met on the field.
The VHSL rule book states that if a pitcher throws between four and seven innings one day:
– after two days of rest, the pitcher may pitch a maximum of two innings.
– after three days of rest, the pitcher may pitch a maximum of three innings.
– after four days of rest, the pitcher may pitch the to the limit of the rule (nine innings).
According to the rule, Hasforth was only eligible to throw three innings after resting Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Hasforth was removed after pitching four innings, and the game continued. It wasn’t until after the game that Moore says he got the word that the Rebels’ season was not in fact over.
“I’ve never heard of this, never seen it happen,” Moore said shortly after learning his team would advance despite the loss. “We didn’t think anything was going to happen. We thought it was over. Then we got a phone call that said ‘You’re playing [Sunday]’.”
The Rebels will take on defending state champion Hickory (Chesapeake) at 4:00 PM at Hickory. This is a rematch of the 2014 5A South Region final, which Douglas Freeman won before losing the rematch to the Hawks in the state title game.
Regardless of what happens against Hickory, Freeman qualifies for the state tournament as either the regional champion or the runner-up.
“Our seniors were crushed tonight at the end of the game,” Moore said of his team’s reaction before learning the result had been reversed. “That’s the best thing that could’ve come out of this from our perspective is now we have a chance to play in the state tournament.”
Clover Hill’s season is over. 8News will update this post when Clover Hill has had a chance to comment.