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Monday, May 23, 2011
LA South: Alhambra softball removed from playoffs

By Blair Angulo

The Alhambra softball team was removed from the playoffs Monday for a violation of batting practice rules, the CIF-Southern Section announced.

The violation occurred before a Division 5 first-round game on May 19 at Duarte, which Alhambra won, 3-2.

According to the playoff bulletin, softball teams are not allowed to take batting practice on the day of the scheduled game. The bulletin designates batting practice as "any type of pitching motion with ANY type of ball from in front of the batter (including pitching machines, underhand tossing, overhand throwing or pepper)." Side soft toss is the only acceptable batting warmup and, according to CIF rules, the ball "should be lifted, not pitched, to the batter."

Representatives from both schools met and reviewed video footage of Alhambra's violation.

Duarte moves on to the second round and will play at South El Monte on Tuesday.