OK, which coach will we side with here.
My opinion -- the first coach made an honest mistake, he sent the guy to the plate but the guy didn't make it up before 3 outs, and then he realised because they batted last his guy wasn't going to get up in the 6th inning.
So he did the only thing he could, which was try to get the game tied so he could let the kid play an at-bat like the rules say.
Which is also a nice thing, because the rules exist to ensure that all the players get to bat in the game.
The OTHER coach, rather than let his team get tied, and give the child a chance to bat in the game, told HIS kids to throw the game knowing they would then protest and win.
The FIRST team wasn't ensured a win -- in fact, they were risking their victory by allowing the game to get tied, and after it was tied the other team might have gotten some hits with the bases loaded and pulled way ahead.
The FIRST coach could have had their pitcher hit the next batter, ensuring a tie game.
I've never heard of a pitcher being ejected from the game for throwing wild pitches, aren't they allowed to issue intentional walks in little league? But if purposely pitching bad makes a "mockery" of the game, what does swinging at wild pitches do?
In the end, one coach messed up, the other coach took advantage of it, and the children did NOT get to decide the game. So the 2nd coach's claim that the 1st coach wasn't "letting the kids decide the game" was false.
But he's probably considered a hero.
>>The OTHER coach, rather than let his team get tied, and give the child a chance to bat in the game, told HIS kids to throw the game knowing they would then protest and win.
Well, the Portsmouth team, which got the win by forfeit,
is right now playing against the team from Glastonbury, CT
(_Laura Ingraham's home town_, btw)...for the right to go to Williamsport...and the VT team is out of it.
Talk about twisted logic. The VT team screwed up, and initiated the foolishness that threatened to make a mockery of the game. At no point should it be incumbent upon the NH team to play along with the scheme simply to help the VT coach cover his error.