High school baseball players brawl on field

Published On: Mar 26 2013 07:56:31 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 26 2013 09:28:07 AM HST
NORMAN, Okla. -

Several high school baseball players have been suspended after a brawl on the field.

Baseball players from Norman North, Oklahoma played Arlington Country Day from Jacksonville, Fla. during a tournament in Pensacola over spring break last week.

After the brawl, the game, in the finals rounds of the tournament, was called and declared a double forfeit.

"If you clear a bench during a game and participate in a fight regardless of who started it and what the reasons were, those players cannot play in the next game," said Shelly Hickman with Norman schools.

According to Norman schools, regardless of which team started the fight, the rules dictate that the varsity team had to sit out Monday night. Three players will also have to sit out during the next game.

Observers say a Norman North player was hit in the face by a Jacksonville player's glove, as he was sliding into first base.

The Arlington Country Day team says the Norman North player then made a racial slur.

That player was then reportedly punched in the face by the Jacksonville catcher.

Despite efforts by umpires to defuse the situation, a bench-clearing brawl broke out.

"I think our kid would have been in the hospital," said Jack Park, the grandfather of Norman North's pitcher. "He was outnumbered."

Some are claiming the fight was racially motivated.The Arlington Country Day coach accused players of hurling racial slurs toward his players, sparking the fight.

The school district says the campus is diverse and is denying claims that the fight was racially motivated.

"There's absolutely no proof or evidence that there was ever any racial slurs," said Park. "They were just getting beat and they were sore losers."

No one was seriously hurt in the fight.

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