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UPDATE: Penalties handed down for Tazewell-Carroll Co. fight


UPDATE: TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Punishment has been handed down following Tuesday night's fight between the baseball teams from Tazewell and Carroll County high schools.

Tazewell County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brenda Lawson told WVVA News Wednesday afternoon that the entire Tazewell High baseball team has been suspended for the next game. Two players are suspended for two games.

Lawson said the official result of the Tuesday night game would be a double forfeiture. The contest was suspended in the third inning after the fight broke out.

In addition, Lawson said the team received a $300 fine and a written warning.

Carroll County received similar punishment. On Thursday, the Cavaliers coach told NBC-affiliate WSLS that four of his players were suspended for two games, while the entire team was suspended for one.

Carroll County plans to appeal the team's one-game suspension, claiming not all their players came off the bench during the fight.

The Virginia High School League, governing body of high school athletics in the state, has yet to release an official statement on punishment. They are expected to do so on Monday, according to Mike McCall with the VHSL.


ORIGINAL REPORT: TAZEWELL (WVVA) - The ending of Tuesday's matchup between Tazewell and Carroll County was more suited for the ring than the diamond.

In the top of the third, with the bases loaded, Carroll's Isaac Summer hit a fly ball over the right fielder's head.

The first runner scored, but the second was blocked by Tazewell catcher Gavin Yates. In the ensuing scramble at the plate, the catcher was shoved from behind by a Cavalier player, leading to the fight.

The umpires would end up leaving the field and the game was suspended.

A decision on whether the game will be continued or forfeited by each team will be made Wednesday.


Note: The above update has been edited to clarify that the Virginia High School League has not yet officially released a statement on punishment.

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