PIAA DISTRICT ONE BASEBALL PLAYOFF HANDBOOK
ENDING A REGULATION CONTEST
A PIAA District or Inter-District Baseball Championship Contest ends when the Team behind in score has completed its turn at bat in the seventh inning, or any inning thereafter if extra innings are necessary. If the home Team scores a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning, or in any extra inning, the Contest is terminated at that point.
If weather or darkness interferes with play so that the Contest is called (ended) by the umpire, it is a regulation Contest: a. if five full innings have been played, or if the home Team has scored an equal or greater number of runs in four or four and a fraction turns at bat than the visiting Team has scored in five turns at bat; or b. if play has gone beyond five full innings.
If the Contest is called when the Teams have not had an equal number of completed terms at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning; except that if the home Team in its half of the incomplete inning, scores a run (or runs) which equals or exceeds the opponent’s score, the final score shall be as recorded when the Contest is called.
A PIAA District or Inter-District Baseball Championship Contest shall also end when the losing Team is behind fifteen (15) or more runs and has had at least three (3) turns at bat, or ten (10) or more runs and has had at least five (5) turns at bat.
A PIAA DISTRICT OR INTER-DISTRICT BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST CALLED (ENDED) BY THE UMPIRE BEFORE IT IS A REGULATION CONTEST, OR A REGULATION CONTEST CALLED FOR ANY REASON, WHERE A WINNER CANNOT BE DETERMINED, SHALL BE TREATED AS A SUSPENDED CONTEST!
The suspended Contest must be resumed later that same day or on the next playable day, and it must be continued from the point of suspension with the lineup and batting order of each Team exactly the same as the lineup and batting order at the moment of suspension. NOTE: A player eligible at the time of suspension, present or not, may participate in the continued game, subject to the rules of the game.
NO PROTEST RULE
Under PIAA there can be no protest of Contests as follows:
- "The Board of Directors and District Committees will not consider any protest in athletic Contests which are based
on play situations or officials' decisions involving interpretation or judgment of plays."
- "In no case will the results of a Contest be reversed nor will a Contest be ordered or permitted to be replayed."
- "Questions regarding interpretation of rules or judgment of officials should be submitted, in writing, to the PIAA Executive Director."