CSY baseball team has to forfeit big victory


Because of a misinterpreted rule, Christian School of York has forfeited this week's showdown baseball victory over Lancaster County Christian.

It will be the first loss the season for the Crusaders, who have now dropped to 8-1.


Both teams entered that game unbeaten in Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference action.

CSY had to forfeit the game for using an ineligible pitcher.

PIAA rules state that a pitcher, if he pitches four innings in one calendar day, must have two calendar days of rest.

Crusaders star pitcher Ben Bills pitched four innings on Tuesday against LCC. The game was suspended in the fifth inning because of rain and resumed on Wednesday. Bills then pitched the final three innings on Wednesday in a 5-0 CSY victory. In the shutout, Bills struck out 10 without a walk and allowed just four hits.

The CSY coaches thought Bills could resume pitching on Wednesday because it was one continuous game, and not two different games. The CSY coaches said the PIAA umpires at the game on Wednesday told them that Bills was eligible to pitch on Wednesday.

The PIAA, however, was then alerted to the possibility that CSY used an ineligible pitcher. An official from the PIAA then informed CSY the team would have to forfeit the game because Bills pitched four innings and did not have two calendar days of rest. The fact that it was one continuous game did not matter.

Because of the forfeit, CSY is now 5-1 in the CCAC, while LCC moves to 6-3 overall and 5-0 in the CCAC.

In the updated District 3-A power ratings, CSY is still ranked No. 1, while LCC is No. 2. CSY's lead in the ratings, however, did shrink.

The two teams could very well meet again, first in the CCAC playoffs and then in the district playoffs.

The game will go down as a 7-0 LCC victory.