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Legacy baseball forfeiting games, to miss 4A state playoffs

Updated May 3, 2024 - 4:49 pm

Legacy’s baseball team is forfeiting several games and will miss the playoffs, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association and the school confirmed Friday.

The school said the forfeitures came from using an ineligible player, according to a message to parents obtained by the Review-Journal.

The Longhorns, No. 4 in the Review-Journal’s Class 4A rankings, will not appear in the state playoffs as a result of the forfeitures.

“Today, we were informed that the Varsity Baseball team has to forfeit a few (of) its previous games after a student was determined to be ineligible and had participated throughout the season. Due to the decision, the team cannot participate in the playoffs,” Legacy principal Belinda Marentic said in the message.

Legacy is listed in last place with a 2-6 record in the 4A Desert League on the NIAA’s standings page. Its record was listed at 19-6 overall and tied for first place with a 7-1 league record on MaxPreps.

“The ruling came after (the Clark County School District) shared newly discovered information with the (NIAA) in the spirit of fair play and integrity,” Marentic said. “While the outcome is disappointing, we must uphold the rules and respect the decision.

The Longhorns were slated to be the Desert League’s No. 2 seed in the 4A state playoffs, which begin Wednesday.

Doral Academy, which lost to Legacy 14-2 and 17-4 in the regular season, will now fill the league’s final playoff spot.

It is unclear how many nonleague games Legacy had to forfeit.

Legacy is the latest local high school team that has dealt with forfeitures.

Bishop Gorman and Basic’s baseball teams had to forfeit several games for using at least one ineligible player. Basic missed the playoffs as a result of forfeiting several league games.

Green Valley’s softball team also forfeited several league games for an ineligible player.

Contact Alex Wright at awright@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AlexWright1028 on X.

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