Brawl breaks out between Portland Catholic HS teams

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by Nina Mehlhaf, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

PORTLAND -- A decades-old rivalry went a little too far on the baseball diamond Thursday.

The game between Central Catholic and Jesuit High Schools had to be stopped in the 5th inning after a scuffle. And it was all caught on camera.

KGW news partner The Oregonian was at Jesuit, shooting video of the game when a Central Catholic player slid into home plate. He collided with a Jesuit catcher.

There was some shoving from both sides and then both benches cleared to join in the fight.

According to the high-school rule, if a player leaves the dugout or his position during a fight, he's ejected from the game and must sit out the following game.

Since nearly everyone on both teams left the dugout, the umpire had to cancel the game. Neither team received a win or loss.

The video was being circulated Friday and several of the students said it's just part of a fun rivalry.

The Oregon School Activities Association said normally, there are about 300 ejections a year in high-school sports in the state. There is a $50 fine to the school for each player ejected. It's more for coaches.

 

The OSAA is reviewing the Oregonian video and the version Jesuit broadcasts online to determine what actions will be taken in this case.

Peter Weber is the OSAA Assistant Executive Director in charge of baseball programs. He said, in his five years with the association, he can't ever remember a game being cancelled halfway through.

But this isn't the first notable incident this season. In November, Lakeridge High School's football team was punished with a 4-year probation period and $2,500 in fines for unsportsmanlike conduct.

And in October, a football player wit hthe Oregon School for the Deaf was placed on probation for the rest of his high-school career after making physical contact with an official after the game. 

"We just want to make sure we're reminding people and working with people that we are educational based activities," said Weber. "We need to make sure we're educating these kids about what's proper and what's not, and if they're not doing what's right, we need to hold people accountable."

Coaches and athletic directors from Jesuit and Central Catholic did not return calls and emails for comment.

Weber says the schools don't have to forfeit their next games, but depending on the disciplinary action, they might have to use all alternate players.

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