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8 JV players disciplined for Yuba City High's baseball brawl

Yuba City High School removed eight junior varsity baseball players after the team's much-publicized brawl with Del Campo, a source said Thursday.

In addition, the players will serve a five-day suspension, and there may be some expulsions.

The disciplinary action was announced after the Yuba City Unified School District conducted a two-day investigation.

Superintendent Nancy Aaberg said some of the players will remain on the team.

"The behavior displayed at the game will, in all applicable circumstances, subject players to both removal from the team and suspension from school," she said in a press release.

A video posted to YouTube after the game has circulated through national media and helped the investigation.

The video showed Yuba City High players running across the field toward first base before throwing several punches at Del Campo players.

Sources said most of the melee broke out after the teams jawed at each other.

In the sixth inning, with the game tied, a Del Campo coach made a comment to a parent of a Yuba City player. The Yuba City pitcher then hurled a ball in the coach's direction and charged the coach, sources said.

Players from the Del Campo bench stepped out of the dugout and Yuba City's benches cleared.

While most of the action was captured around first base, there was fighting near the Del Campo dugout that was not caught on video, sources said.

Yuba City will fill the void of the junior varsity team left by the outgoing players by replacing them with members of the freshman team.

Personnel matters involving coaches or umpires were not addressed in the Yuba City district's statement.

The San Juan Unified School District is still conducting an investigation.

Yuba City will resume its regular schedule next week.


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