Posted: 5:55 pm Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
It’s been an interesting week for the Florida High School Athletic Association, which has dealt with three controversial incidents during the state baseball championships at Tradition Field.
The latest? Two separate altercations between Tallahassee-Chiles and Seffner-Armwood during Monday’s Class 5A semifinal game. The incidents involved several Chiles players leaving either their positions or the dugout, but the FHSAA said this evening it will not suspend any Chiles players before tonight’s state championship game against South Fork.
I was not at the game, since it did not include any teams we cover. From what I have been told by people in the FHSAA and the media who saw the game, the first incident drew nearly the entire Chiles team from the dugout (Armwood was in the field at the time). Chiles was on defense during the second episode, and supposedly most of the infielders and all of the outfielders stayed in their positions, but the dugout emptied again.
FHSAA spokesperson Cristina Alvarez said the umpires’ report, which the association received this afternoon, did not include any mention of misconduct by Chiles players.
“We received the report from the officials from that game in regards to the student athlete from Armwood that was ejected,” Alvarez said. “We have asked them for more information regarding that game.”
It is a little surprising the FHSAA needs the officials’ report given that most of the high-ups were at the game anyway.
FHSAA executive director Roger Dearing declined comment.
Last week, all but one of Trinity Christian’s varsity players received at least two-game suspensions for a fight with Brito Miami Private in the regional finals (some players got four-game penalties). Trinity Christian’s players were suspended for the state semifinal game, but the school won a legal injunction in St. Lucie County to allow them to play anyway.
If the suspensions later are upheld, Trinity Christian could face a fine in the range of $30,000 to $40,000. It will be interesting to see if the FHSAA’s caution in Chiles’ case will hurt its argument against Trinity Christian in court.