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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
DUARTE – The Alhambra High School softball team defeated Duarte in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 first-round playoff game Thursday afternoon.
The Moors’ 3-2 victory, however, could very well be overturned by CIF-SS officials.
Alhambra coach John Zabala said the Moors threw pitches with a wiffle ball before the start of the game. Duarte coach Paul Viteri protested to the umpires before the game’s start, although Zabala said he didn’t know that the game was being played under protest until he tried to shake Viteri’s hand in the postgame greeting.
“We do it the way we always do,” Zabala said of the pregame warm- ups. “We take about five feet off to the side and we use wiffles.
“We kind of teach our girls that we get beat on the field, we get beat on the field.”
A CIF-SS tournament bulletin from assistant commissioner Scott Raftery specifically says that any type of batting practice with any type of ball, including wiffle balls, is illegal.
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