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Fans banned from baseball game after scuffle

Spectators were banned Thursday from a baseball game between Southold and Port Jefferson high schools a day after a fight broke out between a Southold player and a Port Jeff resident, according to an e-mail sent out to residents on Thursday by Port Jefferson school district Superintendent Max Riley.

Riley said in the letter, dated Thursday, that the incident happened as a result of “disruptive” behavior by spectators.

Port Jefferson athletic director Debra Ferry confirmed the altercation by phone.

“Today we are looking to have a nice, safe, clean game between two great baseball teams,” Ferry said before the game, adding that no decision had been made about spectator rules should the team advance in the playoffs. “We’ll just get through today’s game and have a nice, safe, healthy game today.”

Here’s the full letter, which was posted to a local blog:

At yesterday's baseball game between Southold and Port Jefferson High Schools, spectator behavior was disruptive and a physical altercation ensued between a Southold player and a resident of Port Jefferson. After conferring with our school administration and Port Jefferson School Board leadership, I talked with the Superintendent of the Southold District. We agreed that safety concerns require that we exclude spectators from today's game. Security will be on hand to ensure an orderly contest between the teams.

While I regret the necessity of this action, safety of players and spectators must be our primary concern at this point.

Max R. Riley
Superintendent of Schools

By the way, Port Jeff won Wednesday's game, played at Southold, 8-3. Thursday's game started at 4:30 p.m. at Port Jefferson.

With Cody Derespina

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