Shreveport’s Netterville at Center of Louisiana Tech Baseball Brawl
This week has been one of ups and downs for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs baseball team. Earlier this week, they wrecked LSU in Baton Rouge by a final score of 12-1. It was the first time Tech beat LSU in about 20 years.
Then Friday night, they faced off with Western Kentucky at Ruston High School. Tech's baseball stadium was destroyed by a tornado a few weeks ago, so their home game was played on the high school field.
Tech hasn't performed as well as some expected going into the 2019 season. Their overall record is 30-20, and they're 13-12 in Conference USA play. Western Kentucky is just ahead of them in the standings with a 15-9-1 conference record. Which makes this weekend's series a pretty big one.
Tensions were clearly high last night. In the bottom of the ninth, with a 5-4 score, Tech loaded the bases for Shreveport native, and Byrd High School alumni, sophomore Steele Netterville. For the final out of the night, Netterville struck out swinging to end the game, but on his back swing, he accidentally made contact with the outstretched arm of Western Kentucky's catcher. As WKU players came to home plate, words were exchanged, and then tempers boiled over. You can see the video below: