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What started as a recreational softball game at Posse Grounds Park on Thursday, Aug. 29, to determine the 2013 Adult Softball League champions turned into a serious incident in which an umpire felt threatened enough to call police.

William Alldredge of A Day in the West softball team looks to throw after getting Red Rock Rotary's Ryan Taylor out at first base in a semi-final game at Posse Grounds Park on Thursday, Aug. 29.The game matched the top two seeds of the Parks and Recreation Department’s co-ed league tournament — A Day in the West and Roster Check JMC — who had each won games earlier in the evening to advance to the final.

But a disputed call in the top of the first inning caused players on the Roster Check JMC team to shout that they were “protesting the game” before leaving the field.

Officials huddled at home plate and quickly decided that Roster Check JMC had forfeited the game by walking off the field. A Day in the West was then presented with the championship trophy.

Roster Check JMC captain Joe Mulcaire said his team was protesting the call, in which a Roster Check JMC player was called out by umpire Don McCombs for leaving the batter’s box, because the chalk lines that define the batter’s box were gone.

“If he’s saying that there is a batter’s box, it needs to be chalked out,” Mulcaire said. “As you can see right there it’s not, so he’s going to call us out every time our feet move.

“That’s my point, and he’s continuing to do it.”

But McCombs was adamant that the Roster Check JMC players had no basis for their protest.

“It’s a judgement call,” McCombs said. “They forfeited the game when they walked off.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Sept. 4, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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  • nathan

    well the protest came because the umpire was not following the rules in giving the batter time before the ball was pitched that is in the rule book that the batter get 10 sec to be ready when in the batters box and that was the protest about, along with other things. before you print stuff better get the whole story. and there were no threats. I can get 30 people that were there to sign as witnesses that it did not happen. Don McCombs does not umpire anywhere else because of this. there is a big difference between fast pitch and slow pitch and he has the rules mixed up

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