Bad news bear interrupts high school baseball game

Bad news bear interrupts high school baseball game

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Bad news bear interrupts high school baseball game

The emergence of a black bear in the outfield during a high school baseball game in Connecticut prompted the enacting of the “emergency action plan” and a delay of the game Tuesday, the Hartford Courant reported.

The JV teams from Plainville and Simsbury were evacuated to the safest close location—in this case their dugouts—until this bad news bear could be safely shooed away from the field that doesn’t have outfield fences.

Scott Kerr submitted photos to local media showing leftfielder Shane Walker and shortstop Patrick Kerr heading for cover.

“It happens,” Simsbury athletic director Jeff Pinney told the Courant, noting the wooded area near the athletic fields. “It’s certainly a little bit outside the realm of typical athletic department activity, but we’re always making sure kids are safe.”

A school official rode a golf cart through the area where the bear had been seen to ensure it had left the area. Pinney told the Courant the bear quickly moved along and the game resumed.

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