Controversy surrounds a Little League umpire's decision to eject a player who celebrated after a walk-off hit.
The ejection meant Lafayette's Jake Delaney could not play the next and deciding game to help his team advance to the Little League World Series. Jake is arguably the best player on Lafayette's 12 and under team, which was unable to complete its World Series bid when they lost the next game against Petaluma.
"Egregious. Devastating," Jake's father, Matt Delaney, said of the ruling. "Not rational at all."
Matt Delaney said he does not understand how an umpire can eject his son for celebrating after a game-winning hit.
Attempts to reach the umpire who made the ruling were unsuccessful Friday.
Meanwhile, Jake took the high road when asked about the ruling.
"Good season overall," he said. "Kinda got cheated a couple times, but it's alright. It happens."