Probe under way on Canadian brawl

Posted Aug. 19, 2010, at 10:14 p.m.

      Penalties and suspensions in the aftermath of a brawl during the Canadian Senior League Baseball Championships may be several weeks away, according to a report in the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.

Little League officials across the border are still gathering information about the incident, which took place last Thursday between players and fans of teams from host Saint John, New Brunswick, and Valleyfield, Quebec.

Candice Henson, national media co-coordinator for Little League Canada, told the newspaper there is no timetable for any decision on the matter, in part because the teams involved ultimately were eliminated from competition on the field.

The Edmonton (Alberta) East Park Orioles eventually won the Canadian championship and advanced to this week’s Senior League World Series in Bangor, where they went 0-4 in pool play.

“Little League Canada is reviewing the incident and will determine whether or not the players, teams or districts involved in the altercation will be subject to disciplinary action by Little League Canada,” Henson said in a news release on the Little League Canada website.

Victor Fitzgerald, co-chairman of the Canadian Senior League tournament and a Little League Canada official, told the Journal-Telegraph that his committee completed its report and sent it to Little League Canada officials on Monday.

“It could be a week or two weeks before they make their decision,” Fitzgerald told the newspaper. “We just put together a report and forwarded it to them. They will make any decision.”

The incident took place last Thursday after a semifinal game in which Edmonton edged Saint John 1-0. Members of the Quebec team reportedly heckled the Saint John players during the contest and after it ended several Saint John players went to the stands to confront their Quebec rivals and a brawl lasting several minutes ensued.

Jared Fogle to visit SLWS

Subway sandwich shop spokesman Jared Fogle will be a featured guest at the Senior League World Series semifinals on Friday.

The pitchman will distribute more than 250 Subway sandwiches to SLWS players from all 10 participating teams during a luncheon at Mansfield Stadium.

Fogle, who reportedly weighed as much as 425 pounds before going on a diet featuring Subway sandwiches, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch for Friday afternoon’s game between Manhattan Beach, Calif., and host Bangor.

After the game, Fogle will be the featured speaker at the SLWS banquet.

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