OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- One month ago to the day a state champion should have been crowned in Oklahoma Class A baseball.
Instead the OSSAA ordered Wright City to forfeit its next two games because of violating the game limit.
Today after a whole month of deliberations the OSSAA board of directors issued a warning to the Lumberjax and let them back into the tournament.
Lumberjax head coach Kyle Butler has also been suspended from coaching for the remainder of the year and first semester of next year.
The hearing today followed an order handed down Friday by the Oklahoma supreme court.
Meanwhile, the game plan stays the same for the defending champion Rattan Rams, who have been waiting to play since winning their quarterfinal game May 2.
They're best two pitchers are ready to go to help them win the two they need to make it back to back title.
The only down fall is Cashion, the team they're playing in the semis, gets to bring back their ace, who's as good as any one in the state.
But all in all head coach Ryan Cordell is glad this is almost over and his Rams can get back on the diamond where they belong.
"It's long overdue in my opinion, but I'm just excited we get to finally get to finish up. I know my kids will be excited, because you know I've given them credit many times to people. But, they've done a really good job trying to stay prepared and stay sharp, and I just know they're looking forward to getting to play and so that makes me excited for them," he said.
The Roff Tigers are also still alive after winning their quarterfinal matchup against Glencoe.
They finished their season 23-12 and ranked third in the state.
Head coach Ead Simon and the Tigers went about their business while the tournament remained suspended and have seen a lot of improvement particularly with the younger players.
But since it's been so long since the tournament started, things have changed.
"It's going to be different, and not that the outcome will be any different but it's different nonetheless. You've got different people in different places that may or may not be in the same team that would have been playing at the time in point it would have been played. So, things have changed and nobody can argue that," he said.
Wright City will play Sterling in a quarterfinal matchup at 6 p.m. Thursday at Byng.
The semifinals and finals are expected to play out Saturday. When and where has yet to be determined.