YOUNGSVILLE — Police are working to identify a man accused of punching a youth softball coach during a post-game brawl Tuesday night at the Youngsville Sports Complex, landing a blow that broke her nose in three places.
Efforts to identify the man, who was working as an assistant coach for the Brown Park Youth Association’s U16 girls slow-pitch team of Lafayette, were still underway Wednesday afternoon, Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux said.
“We will find this man, and he will be duly processed. This man is a coward. Any man who punches a woman, especially over youth sports, is a coward,” Boudreaux said.
The Lafayette team’s head coach told police she only knew the man as “Joe” and plucked him from the crowd that night to work in the game against the Broussard Youngsville Youth Association, Boudreaux said.
The fight first broke out among the 15- and 16-year-old girls after the home team bested the visiting team from Lafayette.
When the head coach for the Broussard Youngsville Youth Association team stepped in to intervene, the man “came in from the side and sucker-punched her,” Boudreaux said.
Youngsville laid out a list of penalties Wednesday in response to the incident.
Brown Park’s U16 girls slow-pitch team is banned from playing in Youngsville for the rest of the year, and any other team from the Brown Park Youth Association that plays at the complex for the remainder of the year will be required to “pay upfront” for an officer to work security detail, Boudreaux said.
“We are committed to providing a safe, family-oriented experience for all residents and guests at the Youngsville Sports Complex and unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated,” Mayor Ken Ritter said in a prepared statement.
Lafayette Consolidated Government is conducting its own investigation into the incident but had not identified the man responsible as of Wednesday afternoon, Athletic Programs Supervisor Frank Wittenberg said.
Although the sports associations function as standalone entities, they operate under LCG.
“Once we finish our investigation, then we’ll be addressing how to handle the penalties,” Wittenberg said.
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