Griffith athletic director Bill Crowley notified media members by email this morning that Thursday's sectional game will not be played.
"Gary Roosevelt is not sending a team to the Sectional 17 Baseball Tournament," Crowley said. "The Thursday game between Gary Roosevelt and Griffith is a forfeit. Griffith will advance to play in the semi-finals."
Griffith will play the winner of the Hammond vs. Gavit game in one semifinal on Saturday.
Roosevelt registered for the sectional, unlike in the girls sectional when Roosevelt did not properly register and was not permitted to participate.
Last season, two of the Gary teams did not arrive for their sectional baseball games. Lew Wallace beat Roosevelt in a quarterfinal game at Clark, then Wallace did not appear for the semifinal game, automatically advancing Clark to the finals. In Class 4A, West Side did not arrive for its quarterfinal game against Morton, something that new coach Malcolm Jordan said would not happen again this year.
There has been no other indication that Lew Wallace or West Side would not appear for their scheduled games this season. Wallace is slated to play against Clark in one semifinal and West Side will play Morton in the Munster Sectional.