Aug 18, 2015 3:19 PM
Little League softball team caught purposefully throwing game
DES MOINES, Iowa – It is a tactic sports teams have executed in the past – purposefully losing a game in order to get an easier playoff schedule.
According to the Little League International Tournament Committee, that is exactly what a youth team from Snohomish, Washington did this week.
The team is accused of rigging a game against a Southeast team in order to lose and be matched up with an easier opponent in the next round of playoffs.
The investigation reported that the coaches rested the starting lineup and ordered players to bunt the entire game – ending in a blowout, losing 8-0.
But, like most cheating in sports, the plan backfired.
The Little League World Series headquarters said in a statement the coaches “did not play with the effort and spirit appropriate for any Little League game.”
The team's punishment?
Not disqualification - instead they were matched up against the Iowa team the coaches worked so hard to avoid playing in the semifinals.
The team from Washington lost in the rematch.