However, a decision of whether the game will be replayed, started from the fifth inning or stand as is won’t be made until Monday morning.
“We’re still going through the process,” Carbone said. “We’re forming a committee of a couple of (Athletic Directors) who aren’t in the (Housatonic) Division and we’re going to see whether the protest affected the game.”
Gaels pitcher Mike Cowell wheeled and threw out Chris Winkel, who was on second and stealing third base. Winkel was initially called out, but Amity coach Sal Coppola protested that Cowell balked because he did not step off the rubber before throwing to an unoccupied base, third.
The umpires met to talk about it and changed the out call to a balk call, much to the dismay of Shelton coach Scott Gura. Gura and umpires actually got out a rule book to go over balk rules. The call stood and Matt Ronai, who was down 0-2 in the count with the score tied at four and two runners on, blasted a three-run home run.
Carbone said he will be on a committee along with SCC baseball chairperson Jon Capone and a few SCC athletic directors (yet to be named). The committee will meet to discuss whether or not the run at third impacted the game. Carbone said they had discussions with head of umpires Arnie Mann and CIAC rules interpreter Ray Faustich, who determined that the balk call was misapplied.
“What they did not say was whether you can stop the game,” Carbone said. “In our conversations with the two schools there’s a disagreement because Amity doesn’t feel that the game should go back to two outs in the bottom of the fifth.”