No charges to be filed in Ballston Spa youth baseball altercation

Thursday, July 25, 2013
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— There will be no criminal charges stemming from an altercation between an umpire and a coach during a late June youth baseball game in Ballston Spa.

A disputed play during a June 20 game at Doubleday Field resulted in an incident involving Ballston Spa Bearcats coach Eric Thompson and umpire John Freeman, according to a news release from Ballston Spa Junior Baseball.

State Trooper Mark J. Cepiel said the matter is a closed investigation, with no further actions or charges expected.

The confrontation led Thompson to resign as president of the league; the acting president is now Bill Williams. Following Thompson's resignation, the board of the league said in a statement: “The board strives for making our fields a positive and fun experience for all of our players, and we will not tolerate any negative behavior.”

Thompson was also indefinitely suspended from the Eastern New York Travel Baseball Association. Ed Frye, president of the group, said Thompson would be eligible to re-apply next year to be involved in the league. He said the suspension occurred immediately after the incident was reported to him, but didn’t respond to additional questions about the matter.

Thompson did not respond to a questions submitted by email earlier this month.

In early July, Ballston Spa Junior Baseball said it maintained a strong relationship with the Eastern New York Travel Baseball Association, the Eastern New York Umpires Association, of which Freeman is a member, and the hundreds of families involved in its programs.

“We are hopeful that this situation will be resolved without any further effects on the hundreds of children that we represent,” the league’s board wrote in a statement.

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