Jericho Scott, nine year-old baseball player in New HavenAugust 26th, 2008 - 7:09 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot
The right-handed Scott has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mile per hour, his coach does not allow him to pitch for Youth Baseball League of New Haven anymore.
According to his coach Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left.
The league which has contained eight teams and about 100 players has said that jericho’s team players will be redistributed to other squads because the team is going to be disbanded
However Wilfred Vidro, coach of his team refused to be disband said : “He’s never hurt any one,” Vidro said. “He’s on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?”
Jericho feels guilty and say “I feel sad. I feel like it’s all my fault nobody could play.”
Jericho’s mother was quite irate when she heard about it.
“I think it’s discouraging when you’re telling a 9-year-old you’re too good at something,” said his mother, Nicole Scott. “The whole objective in life is to find something you’re good at and stick with it. I’d rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idolizing someone standing on the street corner.”
Scott denies threatening any one, but said she did call the police.
Peter Noble, League attorney says the only factor in banning Jericho from the mound is his pitches are just too fast.
On August 13, the boy was told not to play and on August 16, the boy was allowed to play second base. But when he took the mound Wednesday, the other team walked off and a forfeit was called.
Jericho might have to play other positions, or pitch against older players or in a different league,suggested league officials
Local attorney John Williams was planning to meet with Jericho’s parents Monday to discuss legal options.