Little League International issued a Tuesday morning news release after the outcome of a Monday game was questioned.
“The Little League International Tournament Committee recently received credible reports that some teams did not play with the effort and spirit appropriate for any Little League game,” the release states.
Given the circumstances, the release continues, the governing body was requiring “that a tie-breaker game be played between the two affected teams – South Snohomish Little League and Central Iowa Little League.”
Below is an earlier version of this story.
A team of Iowa youth softball players won a Little League World Series game Monday, only to become part of a scandal involving another team.
The Central Iowa squad beat a Canadian team 7-0 to finish with a 3-1 record in pool play at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.
But then strange things began happening in the following game. Unbeaten South Snohomish Little League of Snohomish, Wash., which was 3-0, lost to a North Carolina team.
Not just a typical 8-0 loss. A no-hitter by North Carolina that resulted in allegations of cheating.
Chris Chadd, president of Central Iowa Little League, said he believes the Washington team benched starters and ordered every player to bunt in an attempt to lose the game.
“It’s clear to everyone that they basically threw the game,” Chadd said.
Chadd said Washington’s players did not attempt to do anything beyond bunting.
“It’s not the girls’ fault,” Chadd said. “It’s the coaches… they should be disqualified.”
The outcome left the Iowans in a three-way tie in their bracket with North Carolina and Washington.
After Washington’s loss Monday, the Iowans filed a protest, Chadd said.
Little League Softball World Series officials did not overturn the outcome of the controversial game. So the Iowans appealed to the governing body, Little League International.
The ruling was that Iowa and Washington will play at 11 a.m. (Central) on Tuesday. The winner moves on to the semifinals.
“It’s a cop-out,” Chadd said.
Washington was the only team to beat the Iowans. Chadd said he believed the Washington team was trying to avoid a rematch.
Requests seeking comment were not immediately returned by Little League Softball World Series officials Monday.