Cranford baseball has lost its protest over pitch-count in the Group 3 championship final Saturday and Middletown North will retain its Group 3 baseball crown, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ruled on Monday.
NJSIAA Executive Director Colleen Maguire wrote to Cranford athletic director Darren Torsone late Monday afternoon, saying she had “reviewed Cranford’s appeal and supporting documentation, Middletown North’s response, a report from the tournament director and state rules interpreter and spoke directly with the game’s official pitch counter.”
“Based on my investigation,” Maguire continued, “I have concluded that the result on the field must stand. I do not make this decision lightly. The baseball pitch count rules are designed to protect the health and safety of student athletes. Those rules include procedures to make sure that pitch counts are accurate, and that both teams have input throughout the game to ensure that accuracy.”