Baseball postseason officially began on July 8 for Class 2A. The Interstate-35 Roadrunners won their first round and was moved on to the semifinal game on July 11 where they played the Des Moines Christian Lions.
The Roadrunners and the Lions both traveled to Granger to play their District 12 Semifinal game.
The Roadrunners were winning 11-3 in the seventh inning, but ended up having to forfeit after an ineligible player was put in to pitch during the last inning.
According to Woodward-Granger’s coach Eric Evans (whose team played immediately after the Roadrunners), the player had thrown 102 pitches on Saturday which, according to the new IHSAA pitch count rule, would require him to have a four day rest period. As soon as he threw one pitch the game was over.
“It was really unfortunate for those that were involved from I-35,” said Evans.
The Roadrunners’ coach turned to Facebook to apologize to the community.
“I would like to apologize to the baseball team, senior players and their parents and the I-35 community,” said Roadrunners’ Coach Douglas in a Facebook post. “I cannot express how disappointed I am in myself for this oversight. I am heart broken and sick that this occurred. From the deepest parts of my heart, I apologize for this event.”
Following the Roadrunners game, the Woodward-Granger Hawks played Central Decatur and won 10-0. The Hawks and Roadrunners would have played each other in the District Championship on July 15 had the forfeit not occurred.
Due the forfeit, the Hawks will be playing the Lions in the championship instead.
“Our motto this year is one inning at a time no matter who we are playing,” said Evans. “All our kids know is that we have a game on Saturday and we need to win every inning of this game from all angles of the game, pitching, fielding, hitting, and base running.”
The championship game will be in Granger on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The game will determine which team will be moving on to play in the Class 2A Substate 6 game on July 18.