The Seminole State baseball team, ranked the No. 7 in the country, will miss postseason play after the school failed to report player statistics as required by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The NJCAA requires schools to report individual and team statistics for at least 80 percent of their completed games.
Seminole State found out this week its statistics were not updated and was summarily disqualified from the Region II playoffs, which start Thursday in Jenks. Because the Trojans are ineligible for the Region II playoffs, they are also ineligible for the World Series, which starts later this month in Grand Junction, Colo.
Seminole State filed an appeal but was denied Thursday. Seminole State president Jim Utterback said two baseball coaches have been disciplined for failure to update statistics. According to the school's athletic website, the Trojans continued a regular-season-ending series Friday at Rose State in Midwest City with a 38-12 record.
“While we believe that the sanction to prohibit us from competing in postseason play is extremely harsh for simply not posting stats, which were available elsewhere, the rule is clear,” Utterback said in a news release. “We apologize to our players, their families and our community supporters. We are deeply disappointed and regret this violation.”
BRONCHOS WIN OPENER
Central Oklahoma's No. 2-ranked softball team won its opener Friday at the NCAA Division II South Central Region II Tournament, beating Incarnate Word (Texas) 3-1 at Edmond North High School. UCO (40-5) managed just five hits while playing without its second-leading home run hitter, Kacie Edwards. She recently suffered a season-ending knee injury.
The big hit on Friday came from Megan Whitmire, who had a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning. UCO, which is hosting its first regional softball tournament in program history, will play Emporia State (Kan.) in a 1 p.m. Saturday winner's bracket final at Edmond North.
CASEY'S BAT LIFTS SOONERS
Freshman Georgia Casey hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday, and No. 3-ranked Oklahoma stunned No. 8 Texas 5-2 in Big 12 softball at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.
OU (41-7 overall, 15-4 Big 12) trailed 2-0 before tying it in the sixth inning on back-to-back solo home runs from Keilani Ricketts and Erica Sampson. Ricketts also pitched for the Sooners; she gave up three hits, no walks and struck out 13. Ricketts threw three wild pitches in the game.
The Sooners and Texas (40-9, 14-7) will play 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
PATRIOTS HAVE NEW HEAD COACH
Putnam City West promoted linebackers coach Rocky Martin to head football coach on Friday to fill the void of John Jensen, who was removed from the position last month. This will be the first head coaching job for Martin, a former Colorado State player who helped the Rams to four bowl games, including the 2000 squad that finished No. 14 in the country. He takes over a Class 6A program that has not had a winning season since 2000.
ASCS SERIES IN SAPULPA
The American Sprint Car Series will have a Sooner Region race 8 p.m. Saturday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa. Directions to the track and ticket prices are available at www.creekcountyspeedway.com.