Catcher's Interference: It's splitting us all apart!
by Bob Timmermann
From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, West Virginia comes a tale of how a catcher's interference call in the town of Ceredo-Kenova, almost tore the whole town apart. (Your perception of "being torn apart" may vary. No guarantees are made.)
Controversy in sports occurs at all levels, but Friday night's game between the 9-10 year-old Ceredo-Kenova and Barboursville all-star baseball teams at Mitch Stadium will be talked about for some time.
With the District 1 championship on the line, both teams turned in big-time performances, leaving it all on the field. But one call sparked the emotions of the players and caused the actions of fans in the stands to get out of control.
Ceredo-Kenova threw Barboursville's Chase McKinney out at first for what was thought to be the game's final out. C-K began celebrating its 10-8 come-from-behind-win, when the umpires signaled for players and coaches to retake the field.
Catcher's interference was called and the game took a controversial turn. Parents in the stands were irate at the call and began yelling and pleading their cases for several minutes.
Several people were tossed out of the park and the police were called to restore order.
In the end, BOTH Barboursville and Ceredo-Kenova qualified for the state tournament. Hooray!