Cisco, McLennan forced to forfeit NJCAA Region V title game after incident

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What started as the game that could send the Cisco College Wranglers to the NJCAA World Series, ended in a pile of confusion.

Monday in Grand Prairie, the Region 5 title game pitted Cisco and McLennan in the championship game -- a win for Cisco meaning a trip to Grand Junction Colorado and the World Series, while the Highlanders had to win, to force a deciding game 2.

McLennan started off hot, taking a 5-1 lead in the second inning, before Cisco cut that lead to one run in the 3rd. But after the Highlanders held off countless Cisco rallies into a 11-9 lead in the sixth, things took an odd turn.

A call at the plate sparked a heated dispute and before you could blink, both benches cleared as the teams fought to get their voices heard. While no physical altercation transpired, the NJCAA officials were forced to go to the rule book and eject everyone that left the bench.

By rule, both teams would forfeit -- and for McLennan, would mean its tournament-ending loss. But due to both teams being forced to forfeit, and an appeal filed later by McLennan, both sides will wait a conference call ruling by the NJCAA on Tuesday.

It's a call that could disqualify one, or both programs from competition -- meaning Region 5 may not have a representative join the rest at the NJCAA World Series. KTXS will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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