Staten Island Manager Strikes Player at Little League World Series

Staten Island manager Nick Doscher and one of his players were reprimanded by Little League World Series organizers Monday following an incident during the New York team's 1-0 loss to Lemont, Ill., in which the player yelled an obscenity and Doscher responded by striking him.

Staten Island, trailing by a run, had just turned a double play in the top of the sixth when the unidentified player swore as the players huddled in the dugout before the team's final turn at-bat.

The obscenity was clearly heard on ESPN's prime-time broadcast of the game, just before the network cut to commercial. It appeared that Doscher then struck the player with an open hand.

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"Little League International was extremely disappointed in the behavior of the player and coach involved in the incident," the organization said in a statement.

"Because the incident was not noticed by any umpire, the Little League International Tournament Committee has reprimanded the player and manager. Both have been advised that any further similar or unsportsmanlike behavior will result in removal from the Little League International Tournament."

Neither Doscher nor the player were immediately available for comment. The team planned a dinner off Little League grounds Monday night.

ESPN said it has decided to use a five-second delay for remaining Little League broadcasts.

Staten Island (0-2) faces Phoenix (1-1) on Tuesday, the final day of pool play.

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