The Fairfield baseball team’s 6-1 victory over Ottumwa on Friday night will stand, despite the belief on the part of OHS that the Trojans illegally re-inserted a player late in the contest. Ottumwa was informed over the weekend that no protest is allowed once the umpires have left the playing facility, and that any objection to the substitution should have been made before then.
To quickly recap the disputed move, Ottumwa believed Fairfield had pinch-run for its designated hitter twice in the game, then re-inserted that player into the game a second time to pitch the 7th inning. Fairfield’s claim was that the first time the player was re-inserted, he was returned to the lineup as a pitcher (although he had yet to take the field defensively–the move was made while the Trojans were batting), meaning he could be replaced on the bases by a courtesy runner.
Ottumwa opens conference play on Monday with a doubleheader at Des Moines Lincoln. First pitch is schedule for 3:30.