Johns Creek Wins Appeal, Game 3 Wednesday


Johns Creek baseball has new life after a controversial ruling that led to their elimination in last week’s 6-A state semifinal series against Lee County was overturned Monday morning.

An initial release from the GHSA last Thursday described the play in question:

  • 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.

After the GHSA’s four-member Appeal Board declined to overturn the ruling Friday, Johns Creek indicated they would appeal to the full GHSA Board of Trustees, the final step in the GHSA appeals process.

Seven members of the Board of Trustees gathered Monday morning.  The members present were Glenn White, Lisa Moore Williams, Gary Long, Jim Finch, Joe Lancaster, Don Corr and Jesse Crews.

Crews originally made a motion, seconded by Finch, to deny the Johns Creek appeal again. But that motion failed 5-2.  White then made a motion, seconded by Williams, to approve the appeal and it passed by the same 5-2 vote.

In a release following Monday’s ruling, the GHSA said in part:

  • The approval means the game will revert back to the bottom of the seventh inning with Johns Creek winning 4-3. That outcome ties the series at a game apiece. A third and deciding game has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at Lee County, exactly one week after the contoversial ending that prompted the appeal.
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