Kamehameha’s 1-0 victory over Saint Louis on Thursday at Goeas Field will stand.
A protest made by Crusaders coach George Gusman was denied by the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, he said today.
Gusman believed Warriors starting pitcher Hunter Breault was over the maximum pitch count. Breault threw 101 pitches against Saint Louis and also threw 20 on Tuesday in a 5-2 win over Punahou at Goeas Field.
The ILH denied the protest because the rule is 110 maximum pithes on two consecutive days, and the count reset after Kamehameha’s rest day on Wednesday.
Kamehameha (10-2) holds a one-game lead over Saint Louis (9-3) at the top of the ILH standings. The regular-season winner gets an automatic spot in the state tournament.
In two other games between the two teams this season, the Crusaders won 2-1 on Feb. 24 and the Warriors prevailed 6-2 on March 18.
Saint Louis returns to action Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Mid-Pacific (5-7). Also on Tuesday, Kamehameha tangles with ‘Iolani (4-8) at 6:45 p.m. at Hans L’Orange Park.
On Wednesday during a practice at Kanewai Park, Gusman talked about his thoughts about Crusaders’ outlook the rest of the season.
“We’ve preached mentality and mechanics at the plate, and it’s the approach that’s key,” Gusman said. “We want them to be calm in situations. They’re young men and they get discouraged sometimes. We understand. We give ourselves permission to not be perfect, to not feel like we have to get three this. It’s more like, ‘If I line out, that’s a great at-bat.’ If you’re going to line out, eventually those things will find holes.”