Prep Softball

Hanover's Davis is allowed to play in softball semistate

2013-05-31T17:30:00Z 2013-09-16T19:00:13Z Hanover's Davis is allowed to play in softball semistateSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

Hanover Central will have first-basemen Kori Davis in the lineup for Saturday's Class 3A Twin Lakes Semistate game against Fairfield.

But the Wildcats were not sure about Davis' eligibility until the IHSAA made a ruling Friday afternoon.

In a weird play in Wednesday night's regional against Griffith, Davis batted with two outs in the sixth. She hit a grounder and raced for first. She was called safe at first.

But as she ran back to the bag Griffith first baseman Jamie Rex blocked Davis' path. Who threw the first forearm shiver depends on one's perspective. Davis shoved Rex to the ground on her way to first base.

The umpires called her out because of a "vicious" hit, but they did not eject her from the game, which according to IHSAA rules would've forced a one-game suspension.

On Tuesday night, when the regional started, Rex had thrown an elbow at a Hanover runner going up the baseline, but no call was made.

Hanover coach Larry McMillen said he had made a lineup alteration until the news came from Indianapolis.

"She's being allowed to play because they made a mistake," McMillen said. "If she would've been ejected she would not have been able to play (today). But since she wasn't they're going to allow her to play."

The Wildcats are scheduled to play at noon in Monticello.

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