ERIE — Mercyhurst Prep High School has forfeited its District 10 Class A baseball championship.

The Lakers violated a PIAA bylaw this past week by having postgraduate players pitch to current players during practice. According to Section 1B of the PIAA bylaws, "no person who has graduated or withdrawn from high school is eligible to participate in practices, inter-school practices, scrimmages, and/or contests."

Mercyhurst Prep admitted to using three graduated players in practice before playing Conneaut Lake High School in the District 10 Class A semifinals. The Lakers won 15-4, then defeated West Middlesex Area High School 1-0 Monday in the District 10 championship.

District 10 baseball director Harry Rafle contacted Mercyhurst Prep after an article was published Saturday in the Erie Times-News in which Mercyhurst admitted to using former players in practice.

Mercyhurst Prep offered the forfeit to West Middlesex. West Middlesex will represent District 10 in the PIAA Class A playoffs Monday at Slippery Rock University.

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