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Vols' Adams appeals elimination

Rollo Adams isn't going quietly.

The Merced Volunteers coach is appealing the decision made by tournament directors that forced the Vols to forfeit their 10-9 win over San Mateo on Monday, a decision that eliminated Merced from the American Legion State Baseball Tournament.

Adams filed his appeal early Wednesday morning via e-mail to Jim Quinlan, national coordinator for the American Legion Baseball Program. Quinlan will gather the information and present it to an appeal board that could make their decision as early as today.

"I made the appeal simply because they didn't follow the rules," Adams said. "The correct decisions weren't made. I think they were bullied on one side."

The controversy all stems from the use of an illegal bat. The bat — a three-piece, composite model — was in the hands of Merced's Daniel McDonnell in the top of the seventh inning with no outs and runners on first and third.

During McDonnell's at-bat, the San Mateo Shockers coaching staff argued that McDonnell's bat was illegal, since only one-piece bats are allowed in the state tournament.

The Shockers argued that according to the rules, McDonnell should be ejected from the game and it was an automatic out.

After a 20-minute deliberation by the umpires, who consulted with the state tournament directors and the head of umpires, the bat was removed from the game and McDonnell was allowed to hit.

The Volunteers came back from a 5-3 deficit in that seventh inning to win 10-9 only to have the victory overturned when the tournament directors upheld the San Mateo protest.

Merced was sent home and San Mateo advanced to Tuesday's championship game where it lost to Chico 11-4.

Adams is appealing because all of the bats the Vols used during the game were inspected and approved by the umpires before the game.

In his appeal, Adams also argued the illegal bat had no influence on the game.

McDonnell was 0-3 with the bat before it was taken out of play.

He also claimed that he was never informed that the game was being played under protest. If something was going to be done, he says, it should have been done in that seventh inning.

"From what I know now, the hitter should have been called out and we keep playing ball," Adams said. "To eliminate a team on a technical issue isn't right. San Mateo knew that, too. They know they got away with one."

Adams had the appeal drawn up by his daughter, Regina, who is a lawyer.

Adams hopes the Vols will be reinstated and allowed to play Chico for the state championship.