Sports at all levels tend to bring out the most competitive instincts in people, but sometimes that competitive fire is tempered by sportsmanship. This was the case recently during an important baseball game in high school.
According to the Daily Journal, Pitman High School was playing Schalick for the right to go to the South Jersey Group 1 Semifinals. NJSIAA rules state that a pitcher can only throw 150 pitches in a five days, obviously trying to preserve young arms.
Schalick pitcher Luke Pokrovsky had pitched Wednesday and Saturday in their previous wins and was pitching again on Monday. Coach Pitman and Coach Schalick kept track of the number of pitches (as they always do), but they had different numbers regarding the number of pitches thrown.
Pitman’s coach John Hopely had Pokrovsky at 151 pitches when Schalick’s coach Sean O’Brien pulled him out of the game, thinking he had just thrown his 150th pitch.
There were back and forths and consultations with the NJSIAA to clarify the rule, but ultimately it was determined that Pitman had the basis for a protest, which if upheld would result in Schalick dropping out of the game. they had won 5-4.
So what did Pitman’s trainer Hopely do? Nothing. He didn’t protest, he didn’t push for the forfeit, he took the loss rather than try to move forward on a clerical error. He had compiled all the necessary documentation but had not sent it. He told the Daily Journal: “I don’t feel well,” he said. “It didn’t affect the game.”
He said not all of his players (and their parents) agreed with his decision, but he said if the tables were turned he would hate to see his players lose a playoff game over a technicality. .
Thus, Schalick progresses, but Pitman High School is also a winner.
The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle only.
You can now listen to Deminski & Doyle — On demand! Listen to New Jersey’s favorite radio show every day of the week. Download the Deminski & Doyle show wherever you get podcasts, on our free app, or listen now.
Click here to contact an editor about a comment or correction for this story.
WATCH: States with the most new small businesses per capita
These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
Municipal tax bill for every town and city in NJ, filed
Just under 30 cents of every $1 of property taxes collected in New Jersey supports municipal services provided by cities, townships, boroughs, and villages. Statewide, the average municipal tax bill alone in 2021 was $2,725, but that varied widely from over $13,000 in Tavistock to nothing in three townships. In addition to the $9.22 billion in taxes for municipal purposes, special tax districts that in some locations provide municipal services such as fire protection, garbage collection or economic development collected 323, $8 million in 2021.