A Lakeland man was arrested Friday after deputies say he punched an umpire in the face following a youth baseball game.
Alberto Escartin Ramos, 22, faces a charge of felony battery on a sports official, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the affidavit, Ramos went to the clubhouse after a game his nephew had played in at Highland City Ball Park to complain about a call.
He began screaming at the umpire, deputies said, and the umpire asked him to leave the ballpark.
Ramos screamed at the umpire that he would “kick his a--,” and then punched him in the face, cutting his lip and breaking one of his teeth, deputies said. In addition, the umpire’s nose was “bleeding profusely,” according to the redacted 911 call.
“A parent just got into an altercation, punched one of our umpires,” a woman told the Sheriff’s Office on the 911 call. “We were trying to get him to leave the park, and he wouldn’t leave the umpire alone. The umpire said, ‘You need to get out,' and they just started swinging.’”
Polk County Fire Rescue treated the umpire at the scene.
Ramos was released from jail after posting $1,000 bail.
“This is completely inexcusable — assaulting a little league official while he’s officiating at a game where children are supposed to be having fun, and learning sportsmanlike behavior," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “Not only was he arrested, he’s also been trespassed from the ballpark.”