Frisco RoughRiders involved in melee with fans

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on April 27, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 28 at 8:40 AM

FRISCO — Things got a little rough at the Frisco RoughRiders game in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Some Riders players tangled with fans following a controversial call late in the contest.

Texas League officials describe RoughRiders outfielder Engel Beltre as the instigtator of the melee at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio. The league said they will suspend him between 10 to 15 games from the Texas Rangers' minor league club.

It all began when umpires ruled a home run that would have given Frisco the lead was instead a ground-rule double.

That prompted a heated exchange between Frisco players and San Antonio Missions fans.

Frisco players tossed bats and a trash can into the stands; the fans then threw them back at the players.

At least three fans were handcuffed and detained by police. The Riders lost the game 6-5.

"Certainly it is an unfortunate situation," said Texas Rangers spokesman John Blake. "The Rangers certainly don't condone that kind of behavior for our players."

Blake said he expected there would be extra security for Wednesday night's final game of the four-game series in San Antonio.

Texas League officials said they're still trying to sort out what other Frisco players were involved in the incident, and indicated that there could be more suspensions.

Scott Sonju, the president and general manager of the RoughRiders, called it a "very unfortunate situation."

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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