ATHLETICS ‘Illegal pitches’ create local stir

What a sour way to potentially end a season. Forestville’s softball game against Barker, for all intents and purposes, was overly frustrating as the Hornets fell, 4-2, on Monday.

From the beginning, the game was filled with controversy. Brianne Hazelton, Forestville coach, protested after the umpire called the deliveries to the plate by the pitcher illegal.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it, even in my playing days and in my 13 years coaching,” Hazelton said. ” … The umpire kept calling illegal pitches (on Forestville pitcher Megan Gruber). As a coach, I believe she was not pitching illegally.”

Section VI will now rule on whether Hazelton, who was a Division I pitcher at St. Bonaventure University, has a case. But as we have learned in girls’ basketball, where Hamburg lost to Canandaigua in overtime because a free throw was not properly counted in regulation during a sectional battle, sometimes human error wins out.


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