Olivet baseball forced to forfeit Division 2 regional semifinal

Members of the Olivet baseball team woke up Wednesday expecting to play for a spot in a regional final and add to a historic season.

That opportunity never unfolded for the Eagles.

Olivet was forced to forfeit its regional semifinal matchup against Charlotte due to having a pitcher going over the number of allowed pitches during Saturday’s district tournament wins at Gull Lake.

“It’s a gut punch to them,” Olivet coach Bill Whitely said. “Those kids were all excited all day about having this game and playing well. We were playing Charlotte, who we had beaten just 8-2 last week and we didn’t throw our best pitcher, so we felt really good about matching up with them.

“The kids were just totally crushed. Totally crushed.”

The Michigan High School Athletic Association made the forfeit decision after ruling that Olivet miscounted the total number of pitches thrown by its pitcher and that the daily limit was exceeded. The MHSAA rules allow a pitcher to throw a maximum of 105 pitchers in a day.

“It’s absolutely unfortunate and the last thing we want to see happen is having a team have to leave the tournament for something like this,” MHSAA spokesperson Geoff Kimmerly said. “Ultimately it’s up to a team to make sure a pitcher doesn’t go over the pitch count. This time that happened.”

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