San Clemente will protest its 3-2 loss to Royal of Simi Valley in the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals on Friday, Tritons longtime coach Dave Gellatly said.
Gellatly said the protest will be made to CIF-Southern Section officials on Saturday morning because he believes a key Royal player used an illegal bat, which had been manipulated to be more powerful.
Gellatly talked about a technique called “bat rolling.”
“It's an integrity issue,” said Gellatly, who is in his 16th season. “It's going to be protested.”
Gellatly contends that a double to right field by a Royal player in the fifth inning made a sound that wasn't true for a metal bat. He said an umpire checked the bat.
In the sixth, the same player drove in the winning run on a hit to left field that made a similar sound as before. An umpire again checked the bat, Gellatly said.
The bat was not taken by the umpires, Gellatly said.
The coach said that since the bat was declared legal before the start of the game by the umpires, it could not be called illegal during the game.
“Probably nothing is going to happen,” Gellatly said of the protest. “I have to do what I can to protect my kids.”
Gellatly also stressed that the players' safety is part of his concern with the bat.
The second-seeded Highlanders are scheduled to meet Mater Dei in the semifinals on Tuesday at Blair Field in Long Beach. Royal defeated Esperanza, 9-4, in the second round.
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