No World Series for Cisco College, McLennan after title game double-forfeit

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After an appeal was filed by McLennan Community College and a conference call with the National Junior College Athletic Association, the league announced Tuesday morning the double-forfeit will stand with Cisco College and the Highlanders, eliminating them from NJCAA World Series contention.

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The NJCAA ruled that third-place finisher Temple College will represent Region V at the NJCAA World Series later this month in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The ruling comes after both benches cleared following a dispute at the plate, as Cisco (52-6 overall) cut the Highlanders lead to 11-9 in the bottom of the 6th inning in the regional title game.

With a win, No. 4-ranked Cisco would have advanced to the World Series, while No. 15-ranked McLennan (44-15) needed to win two against the Wranglers.

Cisco head coach David White was unavailable for comment after the game, but Temple coach Craig McMurtry said he received phone calls Tuesday from White and McLennan coach Mitch Thompson to congratulate the Leopards and wish them good luck in the JUCO World Series.

David Smoak, who is the program director at ESPN-Central Texas radio, says an AD in the Texas Junior College system told him that the NJCAA, "Has the absolute most strict violent and non-violent ejection rule in sports, there is zero tolerance and everyone knows it."

The NJCAA office confirms returning MCC players will be suspended two games to start 2019 season, while returning Cisco players will be suspended one game because today would count as one of the two.

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