(5-8-23) It was not a pretty site. The season has ended for Elizabethton and Unicoi County baseball teams after a brawl broke out during this weekend’s Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division 1-3A playoff game. Elizabethton led 11-9 with one out in the bottom of the seventh when the fight started and the game was stopped.

A double-forfeit was declared and Tennessee High was named the district champion. The Vikings will join Greeneville and Cherokee in the Region 1-3A tournament Friday and Saturday in Bristol.

Both schools are appealing the decisions made by the association with hopes of being reinstated to the playoffs.

TSSAA punishment—

  • Unicoi County was fined $1,250
  • The baseball team was placed on restrictive probation for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year.
  • The team is also on probation for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Elizabethton was fined $1,750
  • The baseball team is on restrictive probation for the rest of this school year as well
  • Elizabethton is under two years of probation until the 2024-2025 school year.

Below is a letter that was emailed to the TSSAA from Elizabethton Principal Jonathan Minton—