Green Wave forfeits to Gators, Knights due to ineligible player

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Green Wave baseball team has to forfeit two victories due to having an ineligible player.
Last week Summerville High School officials learned a player who had transferred to Summerville from Pinewood Prep had participated in a pre-season scrimmage with the Pinewood baseball team before transferring and joining the Green Wave team. South Carolina High School League regulations allow for a player to transfer from a private school to a public school and still participate in athletics in the same school year but do not allow a athlete who has participated with a team at a private school to play for a public school team in that same sport during the transfer year.
The player dressed out for four SHS baseball games beginning with the March 11 game against Goose Creek so according to high school league rules the Wave had to forfeit those four games but Summerville only won two of those games. The player didn’t play against Goose Creek but was used as a pinch hitter in the next three games.
“It was an unfortunate oversight,” Summerville coach Burt Bazzle said. “It’s unfortunate for the kid and for our team but luckily we found out about it before region play so it won’t affect our standing in the region. We lost to Bishop England and Wando anyway but we did have to give up the wins over Goose Creek and Stratford.”
The player won’t be able to play this year but is only a sophomore so he should have two years of baseball eligibility beginning with next school year.
The forfeits temporarily took Bazzle out of the 500 coaching wins club. Originally he had recorded his 500th win in the Goose Creek game but since two wins had to be forfeited he officially reached that milestone March 20 when Summerville opened region play with a win over Colleton County.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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