Two Tennessee HS Baseball Teams' Seasons Cut Short After Brawl

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Two Tennessee high school baseball teams will see their seasons cut short after an on-field fight during a playoff game. 

The TSSA has reprimanded Elizabethton and Unicoi County for the fight, which took place during Saturday's Division 1-3A playoffs. 

The fight began during a close game when a Unicoi County player and an Elizabethton player had a brief altercation at third base following a hit. The brief interaction led to punches being thrown, with them led to the benches clearing and the conflict escalated to a brawl. 

The game was suspended in the seventh inning after umpires and coaches broke up the fight. The chaos resulted in the District 1-3A championship being postponed. 

According to USA Today, the TSSA decided on the following punishments: 

  • Unicoi County was fined $1,250
  • The baseball team was placed on restrictive probation for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year.
  • The team is also on probation for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Elizabethton was fined $1,750
  • The baseball team is on restrictive probation for the rest of this school year as well
  • Elizabethton is under two years of probation until the 2024-2025 school year. 

Unicoi is reportedly preparing to appeal the decision. 

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