OKANOGAN — Garrett Martin’s first season as Okanogan’s baseball coach ended a little sooner than expected.
After the school’s most recent academic progress reports came out earlier this week, a number of players became academically ineligible.
As a result, the school has pulled the plug on baseball for the rest of the season.
“The varsity baseball season at Okanogan High School is finished for the remainder of the 2011 season due to a lack of players,” read an email release sent out Friday by Steve Chamberlin, the school’s athletic director.
Martin said Friday afternoon that if the Bulldogs had tried to play a game that day, they’d have had “seven or eight” players eligible to suit up.
“I don’t really know much about (what the remaining players are thinking),” Martin said. “They’re not in school and we’re not practicing, so I’ve hardly seen them.
“I can tell you that for me it was one of the saddest, most disappointing days of my life when I found that out.”
Martin said the first chance players would have to regain their eligibilty is May 10, a few days after the end of the baseball regular season.
The Bulldogs finish the season 3-5 overall.
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