Middle Georgia Ineligible for District, Darton Baseball Can't Compete

Darton Cavaliers earlier in the 2013 season. / Andrew Schnitker

Middle Georgia baseball has been ruled ineligible for the NJCAA East Central District tournament set to start today in Morristown, Tenn.

Middle Georgia competed with an academically ineligible player for an undisclosed amount of time during the 2013 baseball season.

Darton State, the runner-up in last week's Region 17 tournament, will not be representing the conference in the Warriors place.

GCAA Director David Elder says the two competing regions (7 & 17) in the district championship decided to compete with only three teams. The decision was mutually agreed upon by each team and both region directors.

Due to travel time and impending tournament delays, Darton State could not logistically fill in for Middle Georgia.

Middle Georgia Athletic Director Charles Mullis was unavailable to take calls as he was returning from Tennessee with the team. Mullis' secretary says that "the team (Middle Georgia) is on its way's not good."

Darton State lost to Middle Georgia in the GCAA championship series and three out of the four regular season meetings.

"It is each member institutions responsibility to check athletic eligibility before regular season and postseason play," Cavalier Athletic Director Mike Kiefer said.

Speaking only on behalf of Darton State, Kiefer said his athletic programs are checked periodically throughout each athletic season through an early alert system. The system checks to make sure each athlete is enrolled full-time (12 hours) at the college.