Simi Valley High pitcher Bill Scheffels, declared ineligible by the Southern Section last week, will seek a temporary restraining order Monday that would allow him to play during his appeal to the section, a source close to the program said Thursday.
The source, who requested anonymity, said that Russell Nadel, Scheffels' attorney, had tried unsuccessfully to pursue a restraining order that would have allowed Scheffels to pitch today in Simi Valley's Marmonte League game at Channel Islands. Simi Valley (6-2, 2-1 in league play) trails Channel Islands (8-0, 2-0) in the league standings.
Southern Section officials claim that Scheffels, a sophomore right-hander who is 2-1 with a 1.75 earned-run average, tried to circumvent the section's change-of-residence rules after he transferred from Alemany last fall.
Alemany is a parochial school, Simi Valley a public school. Under Southern Section rules, a student who transfers from a four-year parochial school at the end of the freshman year to a three-year public high school must change residences or lose a year of varsity eligibility.