According to The Star, The Newspaper of Cleveland County, a parent from Gardner-Webb and St. John’s got into an argument which forced a police officer to respond to the scene. When he arrived, both parents had left the area and could not be found. You can check out the full article by clicking here.
A poster on the Rivals.com message board named CoHaze posted the following about the situation. I have been able to confirm with multiple sources that this was a good representation of what went down.
I was not there, but according to someone who was, it was ugly. I think things started to a little chippy at the end of the Friday night game which ended on a line drive double play. SJ Kid who got doubled up off first base apparently took offense when the GW players ran to the mound after the final out. He apparently felt disrespected and charged towards the mound and started mouthing off. Some posturing ensued but everybody eventually went back to their dugouts and went home.
Things got uglier Saturday. GW in the process of whipping St Johns. SJ pitcher throws a ball very close to the head of GW batter who already has several big hits on the weeked. Next pitch goes 3 feet behind him. Ump does nothing. Batter asks ump if he is going to do anything about it. Ump declines. Batter digs in and singles.
At some point in game SJ pitcher throws several wild pitches and starts screaming at ump about something. Can’t remember what. Ump does nothing. Coaches do nothing. Apparently there was some jawing going on in the stands between some of the fans. After game ends approximately 5 St. Johns players go into the stands. I am not sure if there was already some ruckus going on or what. A couple of GW players also went into the stands.
The behavior of the players of going into the stands, for any reason, is absurd. But it sure sounds like the umpires and the coaches did a lousy job of controlling the situation. Players will undoubtedly be disciplined, but I’m not sure they should be the only ones.
The final game of a three game set between St. John’s and Gardner Webb has been canceled after a brawl took place in the stands after Saturday’s game. Gardner-Webb had won the first two games of the series 3-2 and 18-11. We will have more on this in the coming hours/days as more details come out.