John F. Kennedy High's quest for its first Mission Valley Athletic League baseball title since 1973 has taken a major hit.

The Titans are forfeiting as many as 12 games for the use of an ineligible player.

"They had a player on their varsity team who played in most games and was a transfer student but had not completed transfer paperwork," North Coast Section commissioner Gil Lemmon said.

Though the athlete involved had not played baseball at his previous school, California Interscholastic Federation rules state that every transfer student must submit transfer paperwork before becoming eligible.

Kennedy athletic director Paul McDermott said the school became aware of the issue when informed by the player's previous school, Newark Memorial.

The team may not have to forfeit all 12 games the player competed in, however.

A rule unique to the North Coast Section wouldn't require a forfeit for a game in which the ineligible player participated in less than 50 percent of the game and the school can show the player didn't have an impact on the outcome.

Lemmon said he is looking at possibly returning two wins.

"We'll give them what relief we can based on the rules," Lemmon said.

Before the forfeits, Kennedy-Fremont was 11-4 overall, 7-1 in MVAL play.



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