A Little League World Series regional qualifying game ended in puzzling fashion Friday when Washington's third-base coach made physical contact with one of his runners and instructed him to bolt for home since the play had not been deemed over.
The runner was subsequently called out, and the game officially ended since Idaho had already recorded two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning prior to the infraction.
According to Rule 7.09 in the Little League rulebook, "It is interference by a batter or runner when—(i) in the judgment of the umpire, the base coach at third base, or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists that runner in returning to or leaving third base or first base."
Idaho escaped with an 8-7 win in the Northwest Regional contest after Washington was eliminated in bewildering fashion.
By virtue of the win, Idaho will square off against Oregon on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET with a berth in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on the line.