MOBILE, Ala (WALA) - Mobile woman is out of jail on bond after she was arrested Tuesday, May 27 during a fight at a girls' softball game. She was the only one arrested, but witnesses said up to 40 people were involved in the melee, including parents and players.
The two opposing coaches said they were caught right in the middle.
It was the ending of the game between Texas Street, also known as James M. Seals Park, and Hillsdale when chaos broke out on the field at Sage Park.
FOX10 News obtained video that taken by one spectator at the game. It shows the scene right after one outburst had just ended and another flared up.
"There's a place for that kinda stuff, and it ain't out there on the field. It got out of hand regrettably. There's nothing I could do about it," said Texas Street coach Wayne Bowen.
Bowen said it was the other team who started the ruckus. He said he had his hands full trying to keep fighting players apart.
"The third base girl stood up and pushed the girl that I had running base, and then my girl did like this… like she was going to bow up. And that's whenever they started bunching. I'm standing about as far as he is, so I jump between them immediately. I got hit several times, but it was girls so it didn't hurt, but I was trying to get between them to stop it," Bowen said.
When it was all over, one woman ended up in jail. Police arrested 32-year-old Xylinda Pendleton during the fight. She's charged with third degree assault. Investigators said she bit someone in the stomach.
Hillsdale Coach Wanda Bedgood had a different take on what happened.
"They actually started it. She hit my player first, because I guess because of the way that she tackled her as far as getting her out, but that's all about playing ball. That's the way you play ball - it's a contact sport. They were all hostile anyway, because one of them had got into it with my pitcher at one time, and the referee, or the umpire she had to stop that," Bedgood said.
One 15-year-old player who was at the game said it looked like everyone was fighting.
"Parents was fighting. Children was fighting parents. Parents was fighting children. Coaches was fighting children. One coach had hit me," the teen said.
Bedgood said regardless who started it, both teams are at fault for letting it go so far.
"You know that's unsportsmanship. It is, it's very unsportsmanship because that's one thing you are trying to teach the girls. You know, when they go up in high school or wherever they decide to play ball that don't take your attitude with you leave it behind but what was shown out here on the field is. I think any school would actually want them playing ball for them," said Bedgood.
City officials have been investigating the fight, and decided Wednesday afternoon to suspend both teams for the rest of the season.
"It's not the type of activity we want at our parks. Our parks are not only supposed to be safe but the sports that are played in the park are supposed to exhibit team spirit and exhibit a recreational outlets for our children," said Barbara Drummond with the City of Mobile.
Bedgood said it's a fair decision and if they continued on, the problem would escalate when they played each other again.
"Just for them to have to meet up with each other again and have to go through that again I would rather them not do that," said Bedgood.
Begood thinks the suspension is a good lesson for both teams.
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