I am 100% convinced that getting the player out of the game was the right thing to do at this level. I could see him getting a ball in the earhole. The climate was ripe for it.
This ejection report is a followup to the message I left immediately following the game.
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1 man, JV
TOP 4th, 2 outs, R2
F1 attempted to pick of R2 and caught R2 in a rundown between 2B and 3B. As R2 attempted to acquire 3B, a player near 3B put a tag on R2. R2 then wrapped his hands around the fielder's hand in an attempt to dislodge the ball, glove, or otherwise disrupt the tag.
I called R2 out for interference. There was a small scuffle with posturing only. As the scuffle started to settle, #34 (F1) stepped toward R2 and pushed him with both hands on to R2's chest and caused R2 to take several steps backward. Players and coaches immediately separated R2 and F1 and both players were removed from the field into their dugouts.
I spoke to both coaches. I ejected #34 for Team2 for retaliating with Physical Contact. I also recommended that the Team1 Coach bench R2 for his own safety and to help cool the situation, which he agreed with and benched R2 (#3).
Please let me know if you need any more information.