Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association assistant director Mike Whaley called it a perfect storm.
Whaley announced the final plan for the spring baseball state tournament sites Wednesday, with all classes being played in the Oklahoma City Metro and receiving a 12-0 vote for approval from the OSSAA Board of Directors.
The biggest news is that the University of Oklahoma will be the host for the entire Class 6A tournament and the Class 5A semifinals and championship, while Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will host the championships for Classes 4A-2A. The tournaments will be held May 15-17.
“We haven’t had this opportunity before,” Whaley told the board. “We’re very excited.”
The Class A and Class B semifinals and championships will remain at Dolese Park, with Class B opening the tournament Thursday, May 8, at Edmond Memorial. The semifinals and championship will be May 9 and May 10.
Class 5A’s quarterfinals will be at Norman North on Thursday, May 15, before moving to OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park the next two days.
Class 4A’s quarterfinals and semifinals will be played at Edmond Santa Fe, Class 3A will be at Edmond Memorial and Class 2A will be at Shawnee.
Whaley said there will not be one site for the semifinals as in the past to allow for scheduling flexibility with teams possibly facing graduation that evening.