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Brawl Forces Suspension of Baseball Game

August 20, 2003

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) _ A minor league game between the Inland Empire 66ers and Lancaster JetHawks was suspended Monday night after a 10-minute brawl in which Inland Empire’s Evel Bastida charged the mound still carrying his bat.

The brawl began in the 15th inning after Lancaster reliever Josh Kranawetter hit Bastida in the back. Both benches cleared and a melee ensued after Bastida charged the mound and hit Kranawetter in the back with both hands while still holding the bat.

Both teams were sent to their clubhouses after another flare-up and the game was suspended with Inland Empire leading 7-4 in the top of the 15th.

The game will resume at that point Friday when the two teams open a three-game series, according to John Oldham, supervisor of umpires for the California League.

Eight players from each team were ejected, along with Inland Empire hitting coach Henry Cotto and Lancaster hitting coach Damon Mashore.

``Everybody I talked to said they’d never seen anything like it,″ said Tim O’Sullivan, who handles media relations for the JetHawks.

Oldham said he expected to announce disciplinary action Wednesday. Any suspensions would be staggered throughout the rest of the season so the teams can field full lineups. The JetHawks had 13 regular-season games remaining after Tuesday night, when they played at Rancho Cucamonga.

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