All-State baseball: Coaches look at classifications for fall season

by Jacob Unruh Published: July 30, 2013
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photo - Casey Bowlan, of Shawnee, throws a ball to Austin O'Brien, of Owasso, during the large school All-State Baseball game between East and West at Johnson Stadium at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, July 30, 2013. GARETT FISBECK/Tulsa World
Casey Bowlan, of Shawnee, throws a ball to Austin O'Brien, of Owasso, during the large school All-State Baseball game between East and West at Johnson Stadium at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, July 30, 2013. GARETT FISBECK/Tulsa World

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.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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