Softball game nearly turns into brawl after umpire's call

Softball game nearly turns into brawl after umpire's call

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on March 28, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 29 at 8:27 AM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A Rock Hill adult softball game turned into a near brawl following an umpire’s call Tuesday night.

William Brakefield has more than 20 years experience behind the plate as an umpire and says he’s been in some tough spots, but Tuesday night at Cherry Road Park he was concerned for his safety.

"You're talking about adult men and women with ball bats," said Brakefield. "Some of them had them in their hands and when I turned and walked away someone took a swing at me."

The call that sparked the pushing and shoving was a squeeze play. A player for the team named “Hit and Run” was called out at first base.

"And he (the player) shoved me (so) I ejected him," Brakefield said.

A total of two players were ejected from the game and Rock Hill police were called out to the field.

Brakefield says that players are becoming more belligerent, and said it’s a shame to have grown men and women acting like 4-year-olds.

"Why do this?  You’re losing 14 to four.  There is no reason for you to do this, anyway.  You were getting beat.  It wasn’t my fault," said Brakefield.

A spokesperson for Rock Hill Parks and Recreation said the players will be suspended for a game.  The team will be allowed to play its next regularly scheduled game on Thursday night.

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