Sports brawls are common in hockey and even occasionally in professional baseball. But in high school JV baseball? A team from Yuba City, Calif. shows it can be done.
During a heated game between the Yuba City Honkers (in yellow) and Del Campo, things got out of hand when the Yuba City pitcher had enough of the opposing first base coach and decided to hurl a ball at him from the mound. Then all hell broke loose, with players throwing punches, coaches screaming, and even parents storming the field.
Video of the incident picks up just as the pitcher storms the coach and the benches clear. But as Deadspin notes, everyone looks bad:
On the one hand, you have the Yuba City junior varsity players (in yellow) sucker-punching opposing players and then threatening coaches as their parents storm the field in protest. On the other hand, you have the Del Campo parents yelling things like "Go back to your farmland!" Even the giggly videographer seems a little too jazzed about getting this footage uploaded.
See for yourself (content warning for language):
The Appeal-Democrat describes what happened:
According to sources, both teams had been "jawing" at each other throughout the game. But the melee occurred in the sixth inning after the Del Campo first base coach made comments to the Yuba City dugout and pitcher Jaylon Deas. Deas then turned and threw the ball from the mound at the coach. The ball missed the coach, but Deas charged the coach and benches cleared.
The game was tied 3-3, before it was called.
Yuba City cancelled the rest of its games for the week after the Monday incident and stiff penalties are expected.