HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball playoff brackets are out and Topsail High School is nowhere to be seen.
A source close to the baseball program confirmed the team was ruled ineligible for the playoffs after using an ineligible player.
Pender County Schools spokesperson Miranda Ferguson responded by email late Monday saying: "Pender County Schools has completed a thorough investigation in cooperation with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The investigation has determined there was a violation of the NCHSAA's regulations concerning student requirements for interscholastic athletic participation at Topsail High School.
Regrettably, the reported violation will affect the playing season for the baseball program. Based upon the NCHSAA rules, Topsail High School is required to forfeit multiple baseball games, and as a result does not qualify for the 2018 NCHSAA playoffs.
As a result of these findings, Pender County Schools is reviewing all athletic procedures and making every effort to ensure there are no further violations."
Maxpreps.com lists the Pirates' record as 1-22 with 16 forfeits.