On the heels of one high school baseball brawl that garnered plenty of attention last week comes a college brawl that some are calling the "worst cheap shot ever."
During a March 29 game between the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes and the Yavapai College Roughriders, a routine bunt turned into a bench-clearing argument. But it was a tussle involving a clueless Artichoke and an overzealous Roughrider away from the commotion that has now become the center of attention. The Daily Mail Explains:
But off screen, some sort of conflict develops between the teams, and a bench-clearing brawl ensues.
As the umpires try to break up the fight, Yavapai outfielder Austin O'Such can suddenly be seen charging from left field before laying out Jake Bamrick, a Scottsdale infielder standing on second base, who didn't even see O'Such coming.
The force of the hit knocked off Bamrick's batting helmet and left him lying flat on the infield dirt – where a team trainer was eventually able to help him back to his feet.
Here's how it happened:
"It doesn’t get much dirtier than that," sport site thebiglead.com notes.
Perhaps fittingly, the Artichokes came back from a 6-0 deficit to win the game. But even more fittingly, O'Such has been suspended. The Prescott Daily Courier doesn't say for how long, only that it's for an "on-field incident." However, the Roughriders have now issued a statement saying O'Such has been suspended for the rest of the season.
"Yavapai College and the Athletic Department aspire to the ideals of good sportsmanship and fair play," Athletic Director Scott Farnsworth said in a release. "In no way do we condone the behavior as recorded in the video, which occurred on March 29, 2012 at the Yavapai versus Scottsdale Community College baseball game.
"The YC player involved was immediately suspended by the college and will be suspended from play for the rest of the season. The college has implemented this action and will continue to work with the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) on current and future sanctions following conference procedures. Per conference rules team members from both teams involved in the on field incident have already served their suspensions."
The Daily Mail points out O'Such's profile has been deleted from the team's website.