An enormous, unseemly brawl erupted at a youth softball game in Tennessee, leading to, “a half-dozen men throwing punches and rolling around on the ground.”
The description above came from the Kingsport Times-News, which reported the brawl at Brickyard Park in Kingsport on Saturday. The skirmish involved only parents and no players or coaches, but still led to the disqualification of both teams from the tournament in which they were competing, with USA Softball saying they would be barred from future events as well.
The two teams eliminated were the East Wilkes Cardinals and the Blue Ridge Explosion, competing in a 12-and-under bracket of a USA Softball tournament. According to Kingsport’s Parks and Recreation Department athletic program director Todd McLemore, a group of Blue Ridge parents initiated a verbal confrontation with some Cardinals parents who they felt were being too vocal in their criticism of the umpire (who they felt was issuing calls that favored Blue Ridge)