Baseball players involved in brawl at Granite Bay High School

By: Bill Poindexter, Press Tribune Sports Editor
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San Juan and Yuba City Unified School District officials on Wednesday were investigating a brawl that occurred during the Yuba City-Del Campo JV baseball game Monday at Granite Bay High School.

The game was part of a tournament being held during spring break. The incident was captured on video, totaling nearly four minutes, and posted Monday on YouTube.

It shows Yuba City players racing from their third-base dugout across the diamond to the first-base side, where punches were thrown for about 20 seconds before coaches and officials separated the players.

The video doesn’t explain how the incident started, but the Marysville Appeal-Democrat reported on its website the fight happened in the sixth inning when Yuba City pitcher Jaylon Deas threw the ball at Del Campo’s first-base coach and then charged the coach in response to the coach making comments toward the Yuba City dugout.

Tom Walters, assistant superintendent for human resources with the Yuba City Unified School District, said an investigation was ongoing and punishment would be issued at its conclusion.

“It could run the gamut, from nothing up to expulsion, suspension, removal from the team,” Walters said. “So we’re looking at all options.”

Trent Allen, senior director of community relations with the San Juan Unified School District, said officials have heard third-party accounts and were “trying to fill in the holes” while on spring break.

“We do expect sportsmanlike conduct, and physical violence is absolutely never acceptable,” Allen said. “Anybody found to have exited the dugout or thrown punches could be suspended or expelled.”

At least three Yuba City players who threw punches were identifiable by jersey number on the video, and a handful of adults went onto the infield. One female Yuba City supporter slung obscenities at an unidentified male who ordered her to leave the park.

“We have taken this very seriously. It’s such an unfortunate event,” Walters said, adding he has been a coach and official for football and basketball. “It’s disturbing.”

There didn’t appear to be any injuries, and no call for service was received at the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, public information officer Dena Erwin said Wednesday.