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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Manalapan forfeits 2

Scott Liptzin, athletic director at Manalapan High School, told me today the school's baseball team is forfeiting games to Marlboro and Ocean Township due to a violation of NJSIAA pitching rules. Manalapan had defeated the Mustangs this week 12-3 and Ocean 3-2.

The rules include prohibiting a pitcher from hurling more than 10 innings over a four day period or more than five innings without two days rest. Liptzin declined to identify the pitcher.

""There was nothing done with malicious intent,'' said Liptzin. ""It was a very unfortunate circumstance.""

The pitcher, by the way was not B. J. Martin despite rumors to the contrary. Manalapan found the violation as it reviewed it recent box scores and notified the Shore Conference and the schools of the infraction.

I feel bad for first-year coach Brian Boyce who is a straight shooter and for the Braves who were on a nice little run.
Give credit to Manalapan for, in effect, turning itelf in as otherwise the violations may never have been discovered.

With today's loss to Middletown North, Manalapan suddenly is 3-10, 3-9 in Class A North.

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