Baseball coaches were presented with a proposal Monday at the Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic that would change the classifications for nearly all of the schools that play fall baseball.
Under the proposal, Class 3A will be expanded in the spring from 64 schools to 96, which would move possibly six schools that play fall baseball into the class. Class 2A would then be the next 32 schools that do not play fall baseball. Class A and B would be comprised of the remaining fall baseball schools.
Byng, however, would not be affected and would remain in Class 4A.
The proposal will be voted on by the coaches at the October Area Meetings before it is presented to the OSSAA Board of Directors for approval.
“It's a very hot-topic item within those fall baseball and within those schools that have the fall baseball schools in their class in the spring,” OSSAA Assistant Director Mike Whaley said. “There's a lot of history there. We've been playing fall baseball in the state since 1955. With a lot of our folks, it is as intense during the fall with baseball as it is with football.
“So, we're not really too interested in messing with it too much.”
The proposal would also change the fall landscape, creating three classes. A new Class 2A would be comprised of the top 16 schools, including Byng. Class A would be the next 32 schools and Class B would be all remaining schools.
The process for the proposal began at the area meetings in October 2011, and the OSSAA created a committee made of seven members, three from fall baseball schools, three from non-fall baseball schools and one from a school that does not play baseball.
Class 2A has been won by a fall baseball-playing team the past 23 years in the spring.
The schools that would move to Class 2A in the spring would be Oktaha, Latta, Silo, Colbert, Haworth and Dale.
EASON LIFTS LARGE WEST
Yukon's Landon Eason just wanted to beat the East.
Eason delivered the go-ahead single in the Large West's two-run sixth inning for a 3-1 victory in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday.
“This is awesome” Eason said. “It's good to get a win; good to beat the East. They won the state tournament, so it's good to get this.”
Eason, who has signed with Rose State, drove in Westmoore's Cameron Knight and later scored on a single by Oklahoma Christian School's Austin Brooks off Verdigris' Blake Battenfield, an Oklahoma State signee.
Woodward's Francisco Alvarez pitched the final two innings for the save, working around a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.
Midwest City's Joel Davis gave the West a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single off Bartlesville's James Teague.
The East, however, responded with an RBI single in the second by Bethel's Hunter Heath to tie the game.
SMALL EAST ROLLS
Red Oak's Dylan Fazekas crushed a three-run homer, Caney Valley's Kyle Knight threw three perfect innings and the Small East team rolled past Small West 9-5.
Fazekas' homer capped a five-run second inning against Sentinel's Weston Cole, who failed to get out of the inning.
The West, though, scored four unanswered runs before an error in the sixth inning by Verden center fielder Dave Keil allowed three runs to score.
Dover shortstop Leno Ramirez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the West. Thomas' Tyler Mannering also had an RBI single in the fourth.
Knight, who has signed with Eastern Oklahoma State College, started the game for the East. He threw three perfect innings, striking out three.
OWASSO SWEEPS AWARDS
Owasso infielder and Oklahoma signee Austin O'Brien was selected as the Jim Thorpe Baseball Player of the Year after leading the Rams to the Class 6A state championship and undefeated season.
Also, Owasso coach Larry Turner was named the OCA Coach of the Year.