April 3, 2012
Brawl halts junior varsity game between Yuba City and Del Campo caught on tape; suspensions forthcoming

Members of the Yuba City High School junior varsity baseball team engaged in a vicious brawl with Del Campo athletes on Monday afternoon in an Easter Tournament game in Granite Bay, sullying a program that has produced championship varsity teams for decades.

A Del Campo fan captured the scene with images that have gone viral on YouTube. In the sixth inning of a game tied 3-3, the footage reveals Yuba City players sprinting across the field toward first base to throw punches, including the pitcher who fired a fast ball toward first base at a Del Campo coach.

The footage also shows a Yuba City parent going onto the field to try and calm matters, and then get into an expletive-filled exchange with Del Campo fans.

The Bee has learned that the Yuba City JV team suspended play for the remainder of the week and that there could be as many as six Yuba City players suspended. Some could also face expulsion. Del Campo coaches could not be reached for comment regarding any Del Campo suspensions.

The Sac-Joaquin Section office, big on sportsmanship and accountability, said Tuesday that it will let the schools handle disciplinary action.

Email, Twitter and text concerns to me that this melee will ruin the Yuba City baseball tradition are an impulse reaction. Yuba City is one of the giants in prep baseball in this section.

The Yuba City varsity won four consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division III baseball championships in going 116-9 from 2007-2010 under famed coach Jim Stassi, who retired following the 2010 season with a sparkling reputation as a coach and sportsman.

A Bee 1978 All-Metro player for Yuba City, Stassi coached 18 years at his alma mater. He mentored his three sons at Yuba City in Brock, Max and Jake. Max was The Bee's Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

The Honkers, again ranked by The Bee with a win over current Bee No. 1 Oak Ridge this season, seek the program's eighth consecutive league championship. Dave Rodriguez is the current coach for the varsity team that is 9-5.

Here is the raw video of the brawl, posted on YouTube, between Yuba City and Del Campo junior varsity baseball teams. The footage contains foul language.

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