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Thomasville baseball team disqualified from postseason after pitch count violation

Posted at 11:38 PM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-16 10:45:23-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — After sealing up their first final four appearance in over two decades, the Thomasville baseball team's season is now over.

Head coach Erik McDougald confirmed to ABC 27 Friday night that the Georgia High School Association ruled that one of the Bulldog pitchers threw five pitches over the limit in their three-game series win over Callaway. According to McDougald, Callaway appealed the pitch count to the GHSA.

In a statement to ABC 27, Thomasville High School Athletic Director Chris Merritt explained the GHSA's decision.

Thomasville High School was found in violation of the Georgia High School Association Pitch County Policy in their 6-0 victory over Callaway on Thursday. This violation deems Thomasville High School disqualified from GHSA State Playoffs. The Thomasville City Schools and Thomasville High School leadership regret this unfortunate event and recognize that it does not reflect the hard work and passion these student-athletes have put into this season.

The Bulldogs were set to host Jeff Davis Monday in the AA final four. The Bulldogs have been removed from the GHSA AA bracket, and Callaway has advanced in their place.