Class A baseball: Court rules Wright City eligible for state tournament; OSSAA to appeal

Wright City was placed back in the tournament after a ruling by a McCurtain County judge early Friday afternoon, then the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced later in the day that it would appeal the ruling.
by Ryan Aber Modified: May 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013
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The Class A state baseball tournament remains in limbo after a series of legal moves Friday.

Wright City was placed back in the tournament after a ruling by a McCurtain County judge early Friday afternoon, then the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced later in the day that it would appeal the ruling.


Three first-round games were played Friday at Dolese Park, but the OSSAA suspended the tournament pending an appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The appeal will be filed Monday.

The Lumberjax had to forfeit their opening-round game against Sterling on Tuesday after it was discovered that Wright City had exceeded the maximum games limit set by the OSSAA.

Wright City was traveling to Oklahoma City for the scheduled 6:30 p.m. game against Sterling when OSSAA officials notified them of the decision to appeal.

“I'm just extremely disappointed for our kids,” Wright City superintendent David Hawkins said. “I just thought we had an opportunity to go and let them compete and that's not worked out for them. So, I'm just shocked at this point.”

Some coaches in the tournament complained that Sterling would be at an unfair advantage because of the bye.

Now, Sterling or Wright City could be at a disadvantage if the tournament resumes with Wright City while all other teams figure to have all their pitchers ready to go if the ruling goes to the OSSAA.

“They're trying to do their job,” Sterling coach John Morgan said. “OSSAA is trying to hand down the punishment. In all honesty, OSSAA is trying to handle it the best.

“I don't care about the outcome either way. If they say play tomorrow, we'll play tomorrow. We'll get on the bus again and get ready to come up. Whatever the judgment will be, will be, and we'll be ready to live by it either way.”


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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