An umpire decides "You’re out!" means everybody who’s watching a high school baseball game.
Radio station KBUR shared the story with listeners. Winfield-Mount Union was playing at West Burlington Thursday night. It was the bottom of the fifth inning. A controversial call brought the coaches from both teams onto the field.
Home plate umpire Don Briggs gave both coaches a warning. The umpire also warned the crowd to pipe down. Then, someone in the crowd yelled at the umpire. He tossed the entire crowd out of the game and called the cops.
The superintendent was called, too, and after lots of discussion on the field among the umpires, the coaches, the police and the superintendent, the crowd was allowed back in. But the crowd was warned that anyone who made negative comments about the umpires would be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
West Burlington police stayed ’til the end of the game and escorted the umpires off the field. There were no arrests.
As for the baseball game itself, West Burlington trailed 11-3 until they staged a comeback in the fifth innning. By the seventh inning, the game was tied. A West Burlington player then stole home and West Burlington won, 12-11.
KBUR’s sports director told listeners: "Unfortunately, an off-the-field incident overshadowed a good game."