Of all the things to get upset about in a blowout baseball game, William Asher chose pinch running.
The 43-year-old father allegedly assaulted Williamsburg (Ky.) Whitley County High baseball coach Kyle Adams in the dugout when the skipper pinch ran for Asher's son as the teen drew a walk during a 15-5 victory over Corbin Lynn Camp, according to multiple local media reports.
"You know the old saying, you go to a fight and a hockey game breaks out, but you don't expect that in baseball," Larry Crusenberry, whose son also plays for the colonels, told Kentucky's WKYT-TV.
According to Crusenberry's account and the Whitley County Sheriff's Office report, Asher grew agitated before entering the dugout, shoving the coach from behind and putting him in a headlock. A Whitley County assistant coach was also reportedly injured during the fracas, and players ultimately broke it up.
All Adams was trying to do, he told The Times Tribune, was get some young players experience.
“We hit the baseball well and we were able to get some of our younger guys in the game,” Adams told the paper. “Any time you can get kids playing time, it’s going to help your team down the line.”
Asher, who actually played football and baseball at Lynn Camp before graduating in 1988, faces two counts of third-degree assault of a school employee and an additional disorderly conduct charge.
(h/t USA Today)