FREWSBURG - The Bears' come-from-behind, walk-off victory over league-leading Portville wasn't the only bit of good news the squad received on Wednesday.
A short time before first pitch, Frewsburg coach Jay Grann received word that his team's loss to Cattaraugus-Little Valley, suffered the day before, was being overturned after his appeal had been upheld.
Grann, who filed the appeal in the first inning of Tuesday's contest, had contended that Cattaraugus-Little Valley's starting pitcher was balking before each pitch.
"The (C-LV pitcher) would swing his arm when he was in the stretch, which insinuates the start of the (delivery)," Grann said. "I said to the umpire that he has to call that a balk, and he told me that he knew the rule, but wouldn't call it.
"So I said, 'OK, we're going to protest then.'"
Grann filed the protest with the Cattaraugus County rules interpreter, who in turn discussed the matter with the New York state rules interpreter. The pair agreed that Grann's protest was valid and the Bears' loss was nullified.
The game will be replayed from the time the protest was made (i.e., the bottom of the first inning).
Cattaraugus-Little Valley Coach Chuck Senn accepted the decision, but argued the rule itself, in this case, was invalid.
"Legally, by the book, it's a balk," Senn said by telephone Wednesday night. "Would anybody ever call it? No. The guy is in the stretch position on the mound, leaning in with the ball in his hand, taking the sign and his hand is moving back and forth.
"I have no problem that the protest was upheld, but I think the rule ought to be thrown out. The pitcher gains no advantage, and (neither) the batter (nor) the baserunner are deceived."
Senn did credit Grann with making the protest early in the game, when it was still a scoreless tie.
"In his defense, it's a violation," Senn said, "and it happened in the first inning."
Without that loss, and with its victory over Portville on Wednesday, Frewsburg is now 6-2 in the Division 2 standings (instead of 6-3), just one game back from the Panthers (8-2) and Cassadaga Valley (8-2).
Cattaraugus-Little Valley's league mark, after a win over West Valley on Wednesday, is 6-3 (not, as it would have been, 7-3).
"We're right there," Grann said of Bears' chances for yet another league title. "We kind of picked up two games today, so we've got a chance but it's going to come down to the wire, that's for sure."
Though Grann has planned to play the makeup with the Timberwolves next Thursday, a concrete date has yet to be determined.
"We'll play it sometime at my convenience," Senn said. "It's my home game."