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NJSIAA director Larry White acknowledged Wednesday morning that his organization "misapplied" the rules Tuesday at the Non-Public South A baseball final at Rowan.
St. John Vianney beat four-time state champion Gloucester Catholic, 3-2, with a single in the seventh inning.
But Vianney never should have been batting in the bottom of the seventh.
Gloucester Catholic, as a No. 2 seed, should have been the home team, White said.
"Our NJSIAA rep misapplied the rule," White said from NJSIAA headquarters. "I don't sleep well when things like this happen. I hate controversy."
White said that it was an "unfortunate" mistake, but the result of the game would stand. Vianney will advance to the state title game Saturday in Toms River.
Gloucester Catholic coach Mike Rucci said Wednesday that he told the NJSIAA representative at the game that the Rams should be the higher seed against the eighth-seeded Lancers.
Rucci said he was told that because the game was at a neutral site, there would be a coin flip for home and away.
But under NJSIAA regulations, the higher-seeded team is the home team in Non-Public sectional finals. The regulations call for a coin flip only to determine bench areas.
"I understand his frustration," White said of Rucci. "But nobody deliberately misapplied the rule."
Gloucester Catholic finished 26-6.
"Not going to lie - it's been a tough day," Rucci said Wednesday.