G.W Long Falls to Leroy in Game 3

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

Skipperville, AL- The G.W Long Rebels narrowly missed a late inning comeback attempt as they fell to the Leroy Black Bears 5-3 Monday night.

In a series full of great plays, clutch hitting and a solid performance by two teams looking to move to the next round of the state baseball playoffs had no part of the series-defining moment.

The signature moment of the 2A round 3 series between G.W Long and Leroy High School was a call by an umpire.

Trailing by two in the bottom of the 7th Long's Nick Hagler stepped to the plate to open the inning with a solo home run.

What he thought was one at least.

The first base umpire called him back to second, saying he saw the ball bounce over the fence.

He may have been the only person (including Leroy players) who felt that way.

Afterwards, Leroy eventually induced a line out with two on to end the game.


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  • by Tracy Location: Newville on Apr 28, 2010 at 09:33 PM
    Thanks to everyone that has written to or called the AHSAA office and directors. I received a call from the office this afternoon and this has now been turned over to the Director of Officials, Mr. Greg Brewer, and the Executive Director of the AHSAA. Comments and complaints should now be directed to Mr. Brewer at greg@ahsaa.com. Please be polite and considerate and in your letters ask that #1 The umpires that officiated this game be reprimanded in such a way that would set a standard for other umpires and for the children whose lives they influence, #2 For a PUBLIC apology to be made to Nick Hagler and the G.W. Long baseball team (from AHSAA and those umpires) and #3 For the score of the game to be changed from 5-3 to 5-4 to reflect the homerun that was hit by Nick Hagler so that he would get the credit he deserves. Nick is a senior and this was his last at-bat. It was also the first homerun that he had ever hit. Thanks again to the Rebel fans for their continued support! GO REBELS!!
  • by Parent Location: Ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    What a disgrace to see such a fine young man and such a fine team robbed! Complaints can be filed to AHSAA District 2 by emailing GaryRKnight@comcast.net. Nick Hagler deserves for the records to be changed and to get credit for his homerun! Long Rebels, you are a classy bunch of parents, coaches and players. The surrounding communities are proud to call you our neighbors! God Bless You, Rebels!!
  • by nancy Location: ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    The AHSAA umps could learn about teamwork from the rebels.To make such a pitiful call with another ump disagreeing, and not making the right desicion is awful. The rebels get where they go on pride and teamwork` One thing for sure, is that these young group of guys can still hold their heads up high and be proud of the school and the community they grew up in. REBELS RULE!!!!
  • by David Location: Skipperville on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:33 PM
    This umpire robbed a young man of his first homerun ever and a great team of there season. He should never be allowed to umpire anywhere ever ever again!!!!
  • by Turner Location: skipperville on Apr 27, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    to see our season end this way on what was probally the worst call ever is terrrible!Better umps need to be in the playoffs.yall should send this to ahaa to get him fired!
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