Coach Turns Himself In

State CIF officials spent nearly 30 minutes at a press conference in between games at the recent state basketball championships talking about the importance of ethics and coaching. They would probably love to hear about what happened during last week's West Coast Classic baseball tourney in San Jose...

Dana Hills of Dana Point seemingly won the title with a 7-6 victory in a thriller over host Archbishop Mitty, but it was later discovered by Dana Hills coach Zeke Barragan that he used one of his pitchers for one more inning than was allowable for the week. As a result, the Dolphins wound up forfeiting their victory in one of the strongest tourneys in the nation.

The wild final began to take shape in the top of the seventh inning when Dana Hills scored five runs to erase a 6-2 deficit. The big hit of the inning was three-run double by Jeff Kaplan that tied the score. Noah Etherton then followed with a single to drive in Kaplan for a 7-6 lead.

Mitty, which came into the tourney ranked No. 1 in CIF Central Coast Section and No. 4 in the state, proceeded to load the bases with two outs in bottom half of the inning. But on a 3-2 pitch, Dana Hills closer Tony Davidson struck out Mitty's David Yocke and the Dolphins celebrated their big win.

On the bus ride back to Southern California, however, Barragan found out that that seventh inning was actually Davidson' 11th of the week, which was in violation of the National Federation rule that states a pitcher may only throw 10 innings in a calendar week.

After a series of phone calls involving Barragan, Mitty coach Bill Hutton and officials in the CCS and Southern sections, the conclusion was that there was no choice but to reward Mitty with a forfeit victory.

"Zeke Barragan should be commended for his honesty and integrity," Hutton said. "The pitching rule is basically an honor system type of rule. This would be similar to calling a penalty on yourself in golf."

Barragan's players may have been disappointed they didn't win the tourney title, but it looks like they may have learned a lesson that will be much more valuable to them in the big picture.

St. Francis of Mountain View finished in third-place in the tourney with a 6-1 win over Westlake of Westlake Village. Nationally-ranked Edison of Huntington Beach dropped its opening game to Saratoga, but bounced back to win the consolation crown.

Golden State Preps Top Stories