Brawl erupts in Norman North tournament game

The Norman North baseball team's spring break trip to Florida was supposed to a relatively relaxing trip and a way for the Timberwolves to build up some extra game experience before coming home to jump back into district play.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 24, 2013
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The Norman North baseball team's spring break trip to Florida was supposed to a relatively relaxing trip and a way for the Timberwolves to build up some extra game experience before coming home to jump back into district play.

But the Timberwolves' third-place game in the 20th annual Tate Aggie Classic on Thursday at Pensacola's Blue Wahoos Stadium turned heated.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, with Norman North leading 2-1 and the bases loaded, Jacksonville's Arlington Country Day pitcher Jonathan Rodriguez fired a wild pitch that sent D.J. Gasso racing home to score.

Gasso easily beat catcher Brian Navarreto's throw to Rodriguez but the pitcher applied a late tag, then appeared to slap Gasso in the face with his pitching hand.

[Related: Pensacola News Journal - Tate Aggie Classic brawl senseless]

Umpire Jason Young immediately ejected Rodriguez and then Navarreto walked up and punched Gasso in the face, according to the Pensacola News Journal, setting off a brawl.

The game was called as a double forfeit after the brawl settled down.

“You walk that line in athletics where you try to teach your kids to fight and be tough, but yet still play under control,” Norman North coach Brian Aylor told the paper. “When the play at the plate occurred, and their guy threw the punch and hits our guy, then our guy has the responsibility to defend himself, and it just goes from there.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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