Ingomar won’t get to defend its slow-pitch softball state title.
The Lady Falcons were dismissed from the Class 1A playoffs Monday because they played too many regular season games. The limit is 30, and it turns out they’ve played 32.
The violation can be traced to coach Andy Wilbanks’ confusion about the game limit rule. The Mississippi High School Activities Association allows for two preseason games, but Wilbanks scheduled four, thinking he only had to count two of them.
“It was my fault, my misunderstanding,” said Wilbanks, who’s in his second season. “I accept all responsibility and the consequences that come with it. It was a mistake, but it was an honest mistake.”
Ingomar’s removal puts Houlka in the playoffs and gives Smithville, which had finished second behind Ingomar in Region 4-1A, a home series when action starts Tuesday.
Read more about this story in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.