Yucaipa baseball free to advance

The protest of Yucaipa’s 15-7 CIF-SS Division II first-round victory over La Crescenta Crescenta Valley Thursday was rejected Friday according to Yucaipa athletic director Mark Anderson.

The protest, filed by Crescenta Valley coach Phil Torres, was filed because Torres claimed that Yucaipa catcher Cody Meservey didn’t leave the premises promptly after having been ejected in the top of the second inning. However, according to Anderson, Meservey didn’t need to leave the premises at all.

“The rule is different for players than coaches,” Anderson said. “If a coach is ejected, he must leave the premises, but a player can stay in the dugout or in the stands as long as he is supervised by an adult, which we did.”

After Meservey blew off some steam from the ejection, Anderson escorted Meservey from the baseball field and took him over to the football stadium, where he watched the rest of the game by looking over the bleachers.

“The rule is different because what are you supposed to do if a player is ejected on the road?” Anderson said. “He can’t leave the campus, like the rule for coaches states. That’s why it’s different. I think its unfortunate that the umpires didn’t know this rule and this got as far as it did.”

Anderson drove to the CIF-SS offices in Los Alamitos to make the case for the No. 2-seeded Thunderbirds Friday morning. It didn’t take much of an argument though, as the CIF had no inclination to change the result of the game.

“They said that I really didn’t need to go down there because there were no grounds for a reversal,” Anderson said. “I just wanted to make sure that we did everything in our power to explain our point of view.”

Yucaipa will continue its playoff run with a second-round game against Cypress Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. at Yucaipa High School.