We didn't think it could get worse than firing fastballs at youth ballplayers to teach them how to take a pitch, but an Oklahoma junior high baseball coach somehow topped that reckless Texas youth skipper.
Durant (Okla.) Silo Junior High coach Roy West was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly hurling baseballs at one player's head, torso, back and legs for "inadequate performance," according to a KXII-TV report.
"The parents came forward to us and made accusations about what their children had told them had happened at practice," Bryan County Sheriff's Office investigator Aubrey Stanfield told the news station. "We had some allegations made that the junior high baseball coach had physically abused some children out there throughout the course of the practice."
An investigation that began in April reportedly unveiled enough injuries and other evidence to convince the district attorney's office to level seven felony counts of inflicting injury to a child against West, the report said.
West was arraigned on Tuesday, released on bail and is next scheduled to appear in court in October. The Silo Public Schools system has placed him on administrative leave, KXII-TV reported.
News flash to these coaches: Intentionally throwing baseballs at youth ballplayers doesn't make them better at baseball. Not in Texas. Not in Oklahoma. Not anywhere.