CANOGA PARK (CBSLA.com) —A junior girls softball game at Lanark Park that ended in a brawl Saturday shocked spectators and brought police to the scene.
Cell phone video shows girls between the ages of 13 and 15 shouting, shoving and even throwing punches.
“The first thing I thought was just get my girls and get them back to my dugout, that’s why I got in it,” said 13-year-old Ray Hardy, who plays for the Lady Lanarks.
Hardy said players from the Reseda Kaos and the Lady Lanarks were calling each other names in the middle of the game.
The Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation said police responded to the incident. The cause of the fight is now under investigation.
The Lady Lanarks coach was practicing Tuesday night with her team Tuesday night, and refused to talk about what unfolded.
Some players and concerned parents said tensions arose from a volunteer referee, who may have been a minor. Some feel he was unfair and missed calls, showing favoritism towards one team.
“They’re there to play softball, you know, not to critique each other,” said Nikki Tee, a concerned parent. “I hope the coaches are a little more on it.”
“It’s the coaches fault everyone needs to be held accountable, bottom line,” said another parent. “If you can’t take responsibility of kids then don’t be coaching.”
No injuries were reported.