The Lawrence County and Pike County Central high school baseball teams received punishment from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Friday for an altercation that forced umpires to terminate their game Tuesday in the sixth inning.
Both teams will have to forfeit their games scheduled for Saturday, the scores of which will be recorded as 7-0 defeats. Both also were placed on probation for the remainder of the season.
Additionally, Pike Central was fined $200 because players left the dugout during the altercation. The Pike Central athlete that instigated the incident was suspended from varsity play through the district tournament.
The umpire's incident report said the altercation began when a Pike Central player charged into the Lawrence County base runner at second base.
Neither school was able to produce comprehensive video for the KHSAA to review.
"Regardless of participation by throwing a punch, merely leaving the dugout or position during this altercation was grounds for immediate ejection of each person," KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in a news release. "In this matter, the situation escalated so quickly, the game was terminated before any penalty could be applied to a specific offender. Without video or other substantiating evidence, it is impossible to determine the exact identity of each person for both teams that violated this rule, and as such, institutional penalties are the most appropriate remedy."