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Ohio Wesleyan Players Charged

April 18, 1998

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) _ Five members of Ohio Wesleyan’s baseball team were charged with assault after a fight that left a man with a broken jaw.

The five, including a starting pitcher, were suspended from the team for a week.

Three other starters were suspended for two weeks. Athletics director John Martin and coach Roger Ingles did not elaborate on what roles they had in the altercation.

Joshua England is accused of kicking Robert Owens in the jaw and breaking it in two places, according to court papers. England, a senior, was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Also charged with assault and disorderly conduct while intoxicated were Jesse Dudics, Thad Reinhard Jason Wierzba and Peter Balyeat.

Balyeat also was charged with underage drinking after telling a police officer that he had consumed four to five beers, court documents say.

The players were arrested Thursday shortly after the 2 a.m. attack in an apartment parking lot in downtown Delaware near the university in this city about 20 miles north of Columbus, police reported.

All five are scheduled to be arraigned in Delaware County Municipal Court April 27.

The Bishops are 25-4 overall and 6-2 in the North Coast Conference. England, a pitcher-outfielder, is 3-1 with a .358 batting average. Balyeat, a freshman starting pitcher, is 3-0. The other three players are reserves.

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