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Melee at Aldora Field

By Ken K. Green Folks who went to Aldora Field Monday to see Lamar County and Crawford County battle for third place in Region 4AA ended up seeing what almost turned out to be a melee you’d expect to see in ice hockey. With the Eagles leading 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Diamond Trojans had a runner on second with one out and Ryan Lovick at the plate with a no ball, one strike count. After wildly swinging at what appeared to be a pitch out of the strike zone, Lovick’s teammates in the dugout chided him not to swing at bad pitches. Lovick responded by yelling back at them he had to swing because the umpire would call it a strike anyway. The umpire ejected Lovick for what he had said and Lamar coach Greg Williams approached him from his third base coaching box to get an explanation. Williams remained relatively calm while the umpire yelled at him. The two men eventually were nose-to-nose and the umpire drew back and struck Coach Williams in the head causing his cap and sunglasses to fly. Williams stood stunned as players and fans rushed the field in his defense. School superintendent Dr. Bill Truby and high school principal Derick Austin were in attendance and also went onto the field in an attempt to restore order. Law enforcement was called in and no less than three squad cars showed up. Officers escorted both the umpire and Coach Williams to the parking lot for questioning. More on this story as it develops.

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