WLC win turns into forfeit defeat

Innings limit infraction causes Warriors’ extra inning victory to be voided

When the WLC baseball team left the field Friday night, everyone thought the Warriors had just pulled off a extra inning, walk-off 5-4 win over Mascenic.

But later that night, it was determined that WLC’s junior pitcher Pat Martin had thrown one too many innings for the week. According to the NHIAA Policy and Procedure manual for baseball, a pitcher is only allowed to throw nine innings in one day and 15 for a seven-day period. A violation of the pitching rule results in a forfeit.

Martin finished the week with 16, which was the limit for the playoffs last year.

“He had the nine innings in his mind,” said WLC Athletic Director Brice Miller. “And he was thinking it was 16 [for the week].”

So instead of a 5-4 win for the Warriors, Mascenic received a 1-0 victory.

“I thought it was [16], but that was the old playoff rule,” said WLC coach Paul Trombley.

After throwing a complete game seven-inning effort in a win over Newmarket last Monday, Martin returned to the mound on Friday to take on the Vikings. And when the game went into extra innings tied at four, WLC coach Paul Trombley stuck with his ace.

Since a pitcher is allowed nine innings in a day, Trombley thought he had two more out of Martin to try and get the win. Martin pitched the next two innings and the Warriors scored the game winner on a bases loaded walk in the last of the ninth.

“The kid pitched his heart out,” said Trombley. “It was his game to win. I wasn’t going to pull him. I know any game he pitches we’ll be in.”

But instead, it will got down as a forfeit win for Mascenic. The NHIAA ruled on the matter earlier this week and also sent it to the baseball committee, but Miller does not expect any further sanctions since it was clearly a mistake.

“I had other kids I could put in,” said Trombley. “I would not push it if I thought it would break the rule.”

Trombley said he looked back at his old books and saw that Chris Morse once threw 13 innings in a seven-day span, but that was the most he had seen on his team.

The Warriors went from 4-1 to 3-2, while Mascenic is now 2-2.

They will play again in New Ipswich on May 13.

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