UPDATE: Parks and Recreation board makes changes following Little League fight

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UPDATE POSTED JUNE 16, 2021 AT 4:56 P.M.

STANTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Stanton Parks and Recreation Board announced on its Facebook page that it is banning scorekeeping and championship tournaments for its t-ball league. It also said there will be a zero tolerance policy for verbal assaults.

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The board said the changes only apply to the city’s t-ball games for 5- and 6-year-old players. No changes were announced for the city’s other youth baseball programs.

According to the board, disciplinary action will be taken against those involved, but did not go into detail about what that would be.

Stanton police say they are investigating if anyone should face criminal charges.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JUNE 15, 2021 AT 5:16 P.M.

STANTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police in Stanton are investigating a fight that occurred during a Little League Championship game the night of June 14.

According to the Stanton Police Department, the fight began when the two opposing coaches were yelling at each other and a third party spectator came onto the field. Police saying it is too early to tell what the reason behind the start of the fight and is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, one of the Ranger’s coaches, Jimmy Smith, posted on Facebook saying he disputed a call and that’s when a Red’s coach threw his hat.

Then in a video caught on camera by a parent in the stands, a man in a gray shirt runs onto the field.

The fight seemed to escalate as multiple people got involved. Authorities have received two videos and are working on getting video from cameras at the park to get a clearer picture of what happened.

Some parents on Facebook have also claimed their kids got hurt in the confusion.

Not only that, the championship game was not completed. Parents say the lights were turned off and people went home.

Monday night, a Red’s coach, Steve Randall apologized for his part in it on Facebook, adding, the kids should still get a trophy and be deemed co-champions.

Also Monday night, Smith defended his decision to challenge the play at home but apologized for how it all unfolded. By Tuesday, his post was overall apologetic and agreed with Randall the kids deserve to end the season as co-champions.

While Stanton’s youth league isn’t an official ‘Little League,’ ABC 36 News talked to the district 3 administrator Bill Harp about what happened.

“I haven’t seen a parent go on the field like that in all my days in little league,” Harp said.

In the league he helps run, he said that kind of behavior shown in the videos from parents would be reason for suspension and violates the league’s code of conduct.

“It’s really bad on the parents part, it is just a kids game…and we need to teach them sportsmanship, character and loyalty and those kinds of things,” Harp said.

Stanton Parks and Rec helps run the baseball league and when ABC 36 News requested more information on what was going to happen next, we were deferred to Stanton Police.

Police say it’s still investigating.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please reach out to the City of Stanton Police Department Facebook page or contact the Powell County Dispatch Center at 606-663-4116. You can also submit a video online by clicking here.

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com