High school baseball: Norman North coach says team did not make racially charged comments before brawl

Norman North baseball coach Brian Aylor denied his team made any racially charged comments before a brawl last week in Pensacola, Fla., that ended in a double forfeit. “That's just not who we are,” Aylor said.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 25, 2013

After the brawl, Aylor said he was told by the tournament director that his team, which had just taken a 3-1 lead on Gasso's run, had been declared the winner by forfeit.

Aylor didn't learn until he read the story in the Pensacola paper that the ruling had been changed.

Arlington Country Day is not a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association. The school dropped out in August 2010 amid reports that the private school was under investigation by the FHSAA for rules violations in multiple sports.

Arlington Country Day features several Division I prospects and signees. Navarreto is a preseason first-team Rawlings All-American.

Two players from the school — infielder Blake Hennessey and outfielder Iramis Olivencia — have either signed with or committed to Oklahoma State.

“They're a really good team and we were playing really well out there,” Aylor said. “It's a shame it ended like that.”

Aylor hopes the brawl, which was featured on national news sites like Yahoo Sports and USA Today, won't tarnish the reputation of the team and the school.

“In today's day and age, the wrong thing gets said about you and it gets retweeted and retold over and over and eventually it's taken as the truth,” Aylor said. “It's a shame that it's like that.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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