Deputies called to break up Little League tourney dispute


HALFWAY - Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Joseph E. Widmyer Little League field during District I Little League All-Star tournament play Tuesday evening after some parents and fans made their displeasure known when a home run was disallowed.

Four deputies went to the field and escorted umpires to their cars, said Deputy Valerie Weaver.

Weaver downplayed the incident.

"We arrived and the arguing stopped," she said.

No one was arrested or injured, she said.

The incident during the game between the West End and Halfway all-stars was sparked by a solo home run hit by West End first baseman Matt Murray in the bottom of the sixth and final inning.

The Halfway All-Stars had been leading 9-8, and the homer would have tied the game.

Murray ran to first base and stopped briefly to celebrate with a teammate who was coaching first base.

Then he ran around the bases and left the field.


Halfway All-Stars protested that Murray had failed to touch first base and umpires agreed. Murray was called out.

Without the home run, the score remained 9-8 and the Halfway All-Stars won the game.

Disappointed in the ruling, parents and fans started arguing with umpires and District 1 Little League officials. That's when the Washington County Sheriff's Department was called.

With the win, the Halfway All-Stars advance to play the National Little League All-Star team at Staley Field in Hagerstown on Thursday.

Deputies responded to a similar incident last summer in Boonsboro, Weaver said.

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