Four Cor­ner Brook Ju­nior Barons re­ceive sus­pen­sions

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE KEARSEY [email protected]­ern­ Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Chris Kelly says he de­served to be sus­pended by the Cor­ner Brook Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, but he has a prob­lem with the level of dis­ci­pline handed out.

Kelly was sus­pended for 15 games for his con­duct dur­ing the pro­vin­cial ju­nior A base­ball fi­nal held at Ju­bilee Field in Cor­ner Brook two weeks ago.

The 20-year Cor­ner Brook na­tive won’t be back on the di­a­mond this year un­less the West Side Mon­archs — the team he plays with in the lo­cal se­nior base­ball league — earn a berth in the league fi­nal.

He was among four play­ers who were dis­ci­plined by the as­so­ci­a­tion for be­hav­iour dur­ing the re­cent pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment.

Brad Greene was sus­pended by the as­so­ci­a­tion for five games of se­nior ball with the Aces and 10 games of Barons base­ball.

Two other team mem­bers — Tyler Gard­ner and Markus Tar­bett — re­ceived one-game sus­pen­sions.

Kelly is not happy about it. “For what I did, I didn’t think I de­served such a long sus­pen­sion,” Kelly said.

Cor­ner Brook Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ja­son Mosher said Kelly was sus­pended for leav­ing the Barons bench and go­ing to the beer tent dur­ing the cham­pi­onship fi­nal against the Cap­i­tals and rip­ping up his Barons jersey and throw­ing it on the field.

Gard­ner and Tar­bett re­ceived one game sus­pen­sions for leav­ing the bench and go­ing to the beer tent dur­ing the cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

Greene was sus­pended for ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior to­wards the coach­ing staff, um­pires and some of the play­ers dur­ing the tour­na­ment and abuse of equip­ment.

“That kind of be­hav­iour isn’t ac­cept­able for any­one wear­ing a Barons jersey,” Mosher said.

Kelly, mean­while, said that he told the coach­ing staff he wasn’t im­pressed with how things un­folded on the weekend. He said he ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment over not be­ing given a chance to play and didn’t like the fact some of the younger play­ers saw the field and he didn’t play an in­ning in four games.

“For them not to even given me a shot; I just thought it wasn’t fair and I said a cou­ple of things when the weekend was done,” he said.

Ju­nior Barons coaches Chris­tian Ware­ham, Cory Lock­yer and Dar­rin O’Quinn would not do an in­ter­view on the sus­pen­sions when con­tacted.

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