Baseball: Southern Section’s announcement on its protest ruling


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Here’s the official release from the Southern Section office regarding its decision on the protest filed before the start of Tuesday’s Division VII semifinal baseball game at Avalon:

‘CIF Southern Section Commissioner of Athletics, Dr. Jim Staunton, has upheld a protest by Viewpoint High School of their baseball semifinal game with Avalon. The game will be replayed on Thursday, May 29 at Millikan High School in Long Beach with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.


‘Viewpoint’s protest was filed prior to the start of the game yesterday due to the pitching mound measuring 62 feet and the baselines measuring 92 feet. National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Rules state that the pitching mound must be 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate and that the bases must be no more than 90 feet from that same point.

‘While the game was played and Avalon defeated Viewpoint, 8-7, the commissioner has ruled that the field dimensions were not within NFHS Rules and has ordered the game replayed on a field that will meet those specifications.

‘The winner of this contest will move on to play Upland Christian on Saturday at Noon in the CIF Southern Section-Toyota Division VII Baseball Championships at the University of California Riverside Sports Complex.’

So there you go.

-- Bob Rohwer