WAXAHACHIE — The head coach for a select baseball league faces one charge for misdemeanor assault after deputies said he beamed baseballs at a 15-year-old player while teaching the boy to stay in the batter's box.
"The coach was standing approximately 50 feet off from the batter and was throwing hard core baseballs — intentionally throwing them at the batters — at the kids," said Lt. James Saulter of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office.
Ron Santos, 25, surrendered to deputies on Monday afternoon.
Investigators charged him with assault for teaching a 15-year-old to stay inside the batter's box while beaning him with baseballs. The boy sustained bruises to his arms, legs, and his back, deputies said.
"Typically they do it with tennis balls or whiffle balls to teach the kids how to stay in the batter's box — not to bail out or jump back," Lt. Saulter added.
Investigators said the the coach called this a "training technique." Deputies deemed it misdemeanor assault.
Still, Monica Bishop, Santos' attorney, said he is not guilty, and even suggested the coach's competition might be behind the allegations.
"The genesis of this is likely competitive business in this town — vindictive competitive business," Bishop said.
Santos grew up in Fort Worth and is the head coach for a select league called the Ellis County Prospects.
Deputies said they're now investigating whether Santos has bruised other young players.
But Bishop said if the charge against Santos isn't dismissed, she looks forward to fighting it at trial.