Mercyhurst Preparatory School has forfeited its District 10 Class A baseball championship.
The Lakers violated a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association bylaw this past week by having postgraduate players pitch to current players during practice. According to Section 1B of the PIAA bylaws, which was enacted July 24, 2009, “no person who has graduated or withdrawn from high school is eligible to participate in Practices, Inter-School Practices, Scrimmages, and/or Contests.”
Mercyhurst Prep admitted to using three graduated players in practice before playing Conneaut Lake High School in the District 10 Class A semifinals. The Lakers won 15-4, then defeated West Middlesex Area High School 1-0 Monday in the District 10 championship.
District 10 baseball director Harry Rafle contacted Mercyhurst Prep after an article was published Saturday in the Erie Times-News in which Mercyhurst admitted to using former players in practice.
Mercyhurst Prep offered the forfeit to West Middlesex. West Middlesex will represent District 10 in the PIAA Class A playoffs Monday at Slippery Rock University.
Coach Randy Durkoske declined to comment today.
It is unclear if Mercyhurst Prep has forfeited both playoff wins or only the District 10 championship game.
Mercyhurst Prep was placed on probation by District 10 this spring for one year after violating recruiting regulations with its boys soccer program,
See Wednesday’s Erie Times-News and www.GoErie.com for more.
– Tom Reisenweber