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SCC Issues Decision on Branford/East Haven Baseball Appeal

The Southern Connecticut Conference has ruled in favor of an appeal made by Branford High School regarding its Oronoque Division baseball contest at East Haven on Monday, April 21.  

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Following the league’s contest appeal/protest/grievance procedure (Section 1.7 of the SCC constitution), Branford requested the league’s involvement after umpires ended the game with East Haven leading 7-5, due to an unreported substitution (which resulted in being the game’s final out).  The Hornets had taken the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a bases loaded double, but was nullified.  

A committee of league commissioner Al Carbone, West Haven athletic director and SCC baseball chairperson Jon Capone and Shelton athletic director John Niski, consulted with Arnie Mann, the commissioner of the Greater New Haven Umpires Association, about the appeal.   It was found that Rule 2, section 36, article 2 of the National Federation High School Baseball Rule Book (substitutions -- “an unreported substitute is a player who, by rule, can be in the game but has entered without reporting.”) was misapplied and the game should have continued without interruption. 

The game will be resumed on Thursday, April 24 at 3:45 p.m. at East Haven, in the top of the seventh inning, with Branford leading, 8-7, and a runner on second base and two outs.  




  1. Protests shall be submitted in writing by the principal of the offended school to the SCC Commissioner within forty-eight (48) hours for action.
  2. The protest will be heard by a committee of Athletic Directors of member schools appointed by the SCC Commissioner. Principals will become involved if the committee is unable to resolve the protest. The SCC Commissioner will chair the committee.
  3. The SCC Commissioner will render a decision within seventy-two (72) hours of receiving the written appeal/ protest. Copies of the decision will be sent to the principals and athletic directors of the schools involved.
  4. An official’s judgment call cannot be protested. Only misapplication of the rules may be protested.