The South Carolina High School League froze the softball playoffs between Chapman High School and Seneca High School and Daniel High School and Union High School on Wednesday.
Chapman High School and District One Schools said that they petitioned the Seventh Judicial Circuit for a temporary restraining order and declaratory relief after learning the South Carolina High School League ruled that in spite of leading the game in the Upper State Playoffs against Daniel by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday, a loss would be recorded for the Chapman softball team, thus placing them in the loser's bracket.
The district said it was unclear if the court made a ruling, but the games were still halted because the high school league stepped in to suspend the games.
Chapman was leading 3-2 Tuesday night in the sixth inning, when the game was suspended because of rain and lightning.
The umpire told both teams that the game would be completed at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Chapman was later informed by an umpire that a mistake was made and that by rule, the game was over with Daniel taking a 2-0 victory.
By SCHSL rule, a game is complete after five full innings.
In a letter addressed to Mrs. Stephanie Mathis, the principal of Chapman High School, the district said the SC High School League stated that "it is the responsibility of the umpires and coaches to know the game ending procedures."
In response to the SC High School League's ruling, Dr. Ron Garner, superintendent of Spartanburg School District One, stated:
"We simply asked the SC High School League to do the right thing and honor what was suggested by the Umpire-In-Charge. Our team was never given the opportunity for a rain delay. Our folks did what they were told by those in charge of officiating the game. If this situation was botched by the officials and erroneous information was given to both coaches, then we believe the SC High School League should take all of those things into consideration. The players on both teams deserve the opportunity to finish that game and a true winner be declared. We regret having to take such measures, but the students and the community deserve our best efforts on their behalf."
Cathy McMillan, spokesperson for Spartanburg District One Schools, said the league will hold an executive committee meeting on Monday at 9 a.m. in Colubia to discuss the situation and make a decision.
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