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Umpire attacked after ejecting player from ball game

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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - Police in Rock Hill are investigating after an umpire says he was attacked at Cherry Park after ejecting a player from a baseball game.

According to a Rock Hill police report, officers were called to Cherry Park, 1466 Cherry Road, on Tuesday evening around 8:45 p.m. to the report of an assault.

That's when officers talked to a 42-year-old man who told police he was umpiring a game on Field #2. The schedule for Cherry Park shows the game was a men's open league game between the "LJ Designs" and "Hit & Run" teams.

The umpire said he had ejected a player from team "Hit & Run," which resulted in the team's bench clearing and surrounding him.

"I'm going to [expletive] you up and beat your [expletive]," two of the players reportedly said to the umpire. That is when they began to accuse him of ejecting the player for racial reasons, the police report states.

The umpire told officers that he began to leave the field for his safety and was punched in the back of the head. He told officers that he didn't know who had thrown the punch.

Officers say they couldn't find the players who had threatened the umpire in the park and park officials did not have information on the team members.

Both teams are slated to have another game on Thursday evening.

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