Oklahoma high school baseball tournament on hold as lawyers go to bat in court

The Oklahoman Editorial Modified: May 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013
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One of the teams that qualified for the Class A state baseball tournament should have been placing the championship trophy in the school trophy case this week. Instead the tournament is on hold while lawyers go to bat in court.

The Wright City Lumberjax played too many games this season. Their coach acknowledges as much. When the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association found out about the violation, just a few days before the state tournament, it said Wright City would have to forfeit its quarterfinal game. Wright City cried foul and went to court.

A judge in McCurtain County granted the team an injunction, placing the Lumberjax back in the tournament. The OSSAA appealed the ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which presumably has better things to do. Three Class A quarterfinal games were played last week; now everyone waits.

The OSSAA has been before the state Supreme Court previously. In 2005, the court upheld the OSSAA's two-game suspension of a Shawnee quarterback who was ejected from a playoff game for kicking an opponent in the head. That case delayed the playoffs for about three weeks.

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