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Hounds’ season ends in controversial loss
by Chuck Thompson
Apr 25, 2013 | 1466 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Errors may be a part of the game, but having an umpire’s mistake play a key role in their season-ending loss was tough to swallow for the Jones County Greyhounds.

And making the episode even worse was the Georgia High School Association’s refusal to try and correct the mistake.

The Greyhounds were eliminated in the opening round of the Region 2-AAAAA baseball playoffs last Thursday after the umpires made an incorrect ruling late in the final game, forcing a pitching change that resulted in Evans rallying for a 3-2 victory that ended Jones County’s season.

With his team leading 2-1 with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and runners on first and third, coach Barry Veal wanted to call time to go onto the field and talk to his catcher, pitcher and infielders about what to do. He did not want to change pitchers, though, so he first checked with the home plate umpire on how many trips he had made to the mound already in the game.

High school rules allow the coach to visit the mound only three times total in the game before having to make a pitching change. And on every visit to the mound after three, he must change pitchers.

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