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Tensions erupt after baseball playoff game at North Stanly

At the end of Tuesday night’s third round NCHSAA baseball playoff game between visiting Uwharrie Charter and host North Stanly, a physical confrontation involving fans and players occurred.

Just seconds after the game ended, players and coaches on both teams were shaking hands. An unidentified fan wearing an Uwharrie Charter hat allegedly made threatening remarks towards the North Stanly players from behind the fence on the right-field foul line. (Video from the incident appears below, taken by Charles Curcio. Please note the video contains adult language).

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A physical altercation between fans and players occurred after a North player went over the fence and was broken up within two minutes by Stanly County Sheriff’s deputies. The players on the two teams were not fighting with each other.

After the incident, both teams left the field without further confrontation.

No one was arrested at the game, but the investigation into the incident will continue and charges may be filed at a later time, according to deputies on the scene.

School officials at the game did not make a statement, but according to North Stanly principal Dr. Randy Mann, a statement was planning to be issued by Stanly County Schools.

On Wednesday, a statement was issued by SCS saying in part the incident was “defused by onsite staff, Stanly County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well parents from both schools within minutes. An investigation is currently being conducted by the Sheriff’s office to determine if any charges will be issued.

The statement went on to say “the safety of students/players, coaches, and parents is our first concern. We take all incidents of misbehavior seriously. We are working closely with Dr. Mann and our law enforcement partners at the Stanly County Sheriff’s Department to assure the matter is handled appropriately.

(Sports Editors Note: The preceding two paragraphs was added on Wednesday after receipt of a statement.)

Uwharrie Charter won the game, 7-3.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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