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Necklace Fight Throws HS Baseball Playoffs Into Weekend of Doubt

June 6, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ The score was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the last inning. The bases were loaded. Then the Bayside pitcher walked the batter. There was joy in Tottenville.

But wait - the Tottenville boy was wearing a necklace 3/8

It wasn’t a bad hop but a little-known rule against wearing jewelry in high school baseball games that almost toppled Tottenville last week in a New York City Public School Athletic League playoff.

But after a weekend of wrangling, the Tottenville nine came out on top.

National high school baseball rules say that the second person on a team found wearing jewelry heads for the bench. The first offender gets a warning.

When Tottenville shortstop Jason Kish drew a walk Friday in the seventh and final inning, Tottenville was declared the winner. But Bayside coach Pat Torney cried foul, saying he had spotted a gold chain around Kish’s neck.

Torney said he had already complained about a Tottenville player wearing a bracelet. He said the umpires refused to warn the first player or eject Kish.

Bayside appealed to a league commissioner, who ruled that Kish should have been ejected and ordered the game restarted at the bottom of the seventh with the score tied, the bases loaded and someone else batting for Kish.

There was no joy in Tottenville. The team appealed. The league director ruled that the original result should stand since the umpires did not issue a warning when the first piece of jewelry was found.

Bayside, behind again with just one pitch to go, appealed to Sylvia Schecter, director of health, physical education and school sports. After an hour of testimony Monday, she declared Tottenville the winner.

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