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June 6, 2014

Methuen, Chelmsford threatening to forfeit game

Methuen is enjoying its best season in over a quarter century but it could end in bizarre fashion.

Both Methuen and Chelmsford High might not show up for their Division 1 North semifinal baseball game tomorrow at LeLacheur Park (10 a.m. start).

Both schools are threatening to forfeit the game.

The game was rained out last night and was initially moved to Sunday at 7 p.m. at Fraser Field in Lynn. But then it was switched to tomorrow morning.

Methuen coach Eric Cyr said he would have a team meeting with all of his players to discuss a possible forfeit if the game remains scheduled for tomorrow. But he later added, “There will be no game (if it remains on Saturday) because Methuen will not be there either.”

So what’s the problem?

Methuen baseball has three players taking the SATs tomorrow morning while Chelmsford has seven players scheduled to take the examination.

“Bottom line, even if it affects one kid, it should not be played,” Cyr said late last night. “The kids have worked their tails off to get there. ... The MIAA is not budging on our plea to move it back to Sunday.”

Cyr said both teams likely will forfeit if it is not rescheduled to Sunday. Superintendents at both schools will continue today to try to persuade the MIAA to move the game back a day, Cyr added.

“These SATs are important,” Cyr said. “They are asking the kids to make a choice.”

Cyr said he would hope the MIAA would have been aware of the SATs when they rescheduled it initially.

“They are the MIAA,” he said, also adding schools aren’t supposed to play on the day of graduations and Chelmsford’s graduation is tomorrow night.

Methuen holds its graduation ceremony tonight.

Cyr said Chelmsford coach Mike O’Keefe agreed the SATs are more important than the game and players should not be forced to make a decision.

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