GHSA to Hear Appeal on Controversial Ending Friday


The GHSA Appeal Board has a pivotal decision to make.

With Lee County having already won game one, game two of their state semifinal series versus Johns Creek ended in controversial fashion Wednesday night after an apparent Gladiators win was overturned.

In a statement, the GHSA said the following:

  • The controversy arose during the seventh inning of the second game of the Class 6A semifinal doubleheader in Leesburg Wednesday. Lee County won the first game 7-4, but Johns Creek appeared to even the series at one game apiece when the Gladiators received a bases-loaded walk with the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game.Lee County coach Brandon Brock approached the umpires with the contention that the Johns Creek runner on second base had not completed the play by touching third base. After a lengthy discussion, the umpires ruled that Brock was correct and, therefore, the winning run was disallowed.The game then proceeded into extra innings and Lee County won 5-3 to apparently sweep the series 2-0 and advance to next week’s state championship.

Executive Director Gary Phillips initially ruled that Johns Creek’s 5-3 extra-inning loss to Lee County must stand as played, but today GHSA counsel Alan Connell ruled that an appeal can go forward.

Now a four-member Appeal Board will convene at the GHSA office in Thomaston Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., to hear the Johns Creek case.

If the initial ruling is overturned it would force a game three in Leesburg with a date and time to be determined.

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