The hearing for Wright City's case against the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is 10 a.m. Friday in McCurtain County, Wright City assistant coach Joel Dickerson said.
The Lumberjax were forced to forfeit their Class A state baseball tournament quarterfinal game against Sterling on Tuesday after it was discovered they exceeded the limit of games they could play during the regular season.
Wright City, though, received a temporary restraining order Wednesday in hope of regaining its position in the tournament, which was scheduled to begin Thursday morning at Dolese Park but was postponed until Friday because of inclement weather.
OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said Wednesday that the hope was to get the injunction lifted or the hearing date moved up from its originally scheduled date of May 13.
Sheakley also said that if both of those options failed, the tournament would not start as originally planned with seven teams until a resolution is reached.
But moving the hearing to Friday could allow the tournament to begin — with or without Wright City — as it is now scheduled with the quarterfinals. The semifinals and championship have been moved to Saturday.
Dickerson said Wright City coach Kyle Butler will be in attendance at the hearing, while the team remains in Yukon waiting for the results.
Butler admits to making the mistake, but is asking that he be punished instead of the players.
“There's nothing to hide,” he said. “I'll be the first one to admit and take the blame for this situation, but again I am trying to fight for my kids, and if I don't fight for my kids, I wouldn't be doing my job.
“This was something that they had no control over and it's an honest mistake, and the OSSAA has recognized that in the past and I hope that they take that into account.”