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An incident in the second inning of a crucial 20th District game could affect the outcome of Marion County High School baseball team's season.
The Knights led Campbellsville 3-0 after the top of the second inning in a game that would likely determine the No. 1 seed in the 20th District tournament.
Senior Tyler Wright took the mound in the bottom of the second inning after pitching a shut out first inning and allowing one hit.
Campbellsville battled back against the Knights, reaching base on soft infield hits and costly errors by the Knights defense. They cut the lead to 3-2 with one out.
After striking out Hayden Neal for the second out of the inning, umpire John Edwards walked to the mound to speak with Wright. The topic of conversation between Edwards and Wright was unclear.
With two outs, Wright turned to throw to first base to pick off a runner. Instead of hitting the glove of the first baseman, the ball sailed to the right of the base and into the Campbellsville dug out.
"There was a runner on first base," Terry Wright, Tyler's father, said. "Tyler turned to make a pick off move to first. The ball slipped out of his hands and into the dugout."
The action resulted in an outburst from the Campbellsville dugout, with one coach charging the field visibly upset. He was restrained by another coach and ejected from the game by Edwards.
Edwards also ejected Wright from the game immediately following the play.
When contacted about Wright's status with the team, Marion County High School Baseball Head Coach Chad Spalding deferred to Marion County High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Stacey Hall.
"Per the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), (Wright) has been suspended indefinitely until an investigation has been completed," Hall said. "As for right now it is for the remainder of the season."
Hall said the KHSAA has not indicated when the investigation will be complete.
"What will happen is that we will request them to do an investigation," he said. "It could take a week or so, it could take longer. Right now it looks like he'll be off the team for the rest of the season."
Spalding did confirm that the KHSAA was investigating the event.
"Anytime a player is kicked out of an event by the KHSAA, there is a box that the official simply checks if it needs to be investigated or not," Spalding said. "Sometimes an ejection results in the removal from a game and the player sits one game and then participates again. In this case the official checked the box that the event needs to be investigate."
No one was seriously injured by the throw. Spalding said the ball did graze the face of a Campbellsville player but added that the player was smiling and said he was okay within minutes after the event.
Wright has been a big producer for the Knights on offense and as a pitcher this season. He leads the team in home runs (six), RBI (24), wins (five) and strikeouts (46).