Norwalk, Mayfair complete investigation into baseball brawl; no word on punishment for players, teams

The principals for Norwalk and Mayfair high schools and their affiliated school districts have completed an investigation of a brawl between the baseball teams for the schools that took place this week, but any actions that were taken have not been made public.

Mayfair is part of the Bellflower Unified School District, which released a statement Friday afternoon that said the “disturbing post-game incident” had been reviewed by both schools and they were in agreement on the actions that each school would take to address the situation.

The statement did not reveal what the schools would be doing, in terms of possible punishment for players and coaches and perhaps whether the teams would be allowed to participate in the CIF Southern Section playoffs that begin next week.

The statement by Bellflower Unified stated: “Mayfair has conducted a thorough investigation regarding the post-game incident between our varsity baseball team and Norwalk High School’s team. In our investigation, we have identified student-athletes involved in the incident, per the Blue Book. We participated in conference calls with Norwalk’s Principal, Dr. David O’lea, and/or the Athletic Director, David Snyder. In our final conversation, both schools felt that the investigation and action taken by the other school were appropriate and accurate.

“Working collaboratively with Norwalk’s Administration was the key to a quick and smooth resolution to the incident.

“The adults who were also involved in the incident have also been addressed as a personnel issue.”

Videos of the incident, which appear to show one adult coach throwing punches at a player for the other team and a fan coming onto the field and holding a bat as he confronted coaches, have gone viral.

The incident took place Wednesday after Norwalk’s 3-2 win at Mayfair High. The schools involved spent Thursday gathering info along with the CIF Southern Section office.

The schools seemed likely to make announcement about their findings and possible punishment Friday since the playoff pairings will be released Monday morning.

“We are currently conducting an investigation and working with our partners to address yesterday’s actions and the consequences that will follow,” Norwalk principal Dr. David Olea said Friday afternoon in an email.

One of the videos for Wednesday’s game shows the teams lining up for the traditional postgame handshake line. The player leading the line for Norwalk carried a broom and used it to sweep home plate, apparently a reference to Norwalk “sweeping” its three league games against Mayfair this season.

On the video, fans react, yelling at the player for his actions. One fan yells, “put your broom in the dugout. Respect the game.”

Here is more video on Norwalk, Mayfield brawl. Apparently, a Norwalk player brought out a broom in the handshake line after the two game sweep of Mayfair, and the fight broke out shortly

— Fred J. Robledo 👨🏻‍💻 (@SGVNSports) April 27, 2023

The game was played at Mayfair High, and toward the end of the handshake line, a fan is heard yelling “get him.” A few seconds later, a major brawl broke out between the teams and lasted more than a minute.

The video appeared to show an unidentified coach for Mayfair trying to punch a Norwalk player.

On the video, some fans scream profanities and derogatory names toward the players and coaches.

On Friday, TMZ reported that the Lakewood Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene Wednesday and that a sheriff’s investigation is underway.

CIF-SS assistant commissioner Thom Simmons said Thursday his office has been looking into the incident and is working with both schools to find out what happened.

There is a strong possibility that several players and coaches will be suspended as a result of what happened. One or both teams could be withheld from the playoffs, but that decision would have to be made the schools, not by CIF-SS, which does not have that authority in an incident like this one.

Norwalk and Mayfair are two of the top-ranked teams in CIF-SS Division 6, and both are having strong seasons.

Coaches and players for the school have not spoken publicly about the altercation.

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District released a statement Thursday: “The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District is aware of the unfortunate incident yesterday afternoon following the baseball game between Norwalk High School and Mayfair High School. The NHS and Mayfair administrations, in conjunction with the California Interscholastic Federation, are currently conducting an investigation and will decide on the direction and outcomes of any unsportsman-like acts. An update will be released once the investigation is complete.”

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District is aware of the unfortunate incident yesterday afternoon following the baseball game between Norwalk High School and Mayfair High School. (1/3)

— Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (@nlmusd) April 27, 2023

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