BOYERTOWN - Three municipalities and more than a dozen law enforcement officers were dispatched to Bears Stadium in response to a group of Bulldogs fans that caused a public nuisance Friday night.
The fans verbally assaulted Bears hitters for more than half of the Boyertown versus Brooklawn baseball game in the Mid Atlantic Regional.
The group of Brooklawn fans, mostly former players and a former coach, for several innings badgered and shouted insults and profanities at the Bears players while they were at bat.
American Legion officials and some Boyertown parents tried to stop the unruly behavior -- which continued to the point that several Boyertown players were clearly aggravated and distracted.
That's when police were called in. Shortly after the call was placed, Boyertown, Colebrookdale, Douglass Township and state police arrived in full force with more than a dozen officers.
Charges including verbal assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness were discussed but not filed.
Boyertown and Colebrookdale officers said no official arrests were made, but if the situation occurs again, formal charges will be levied.
The stadium emptied following the game and police prevented further trouble.
“Apparently some of them had been drinking in the parking lot,” said American Legion Mid Atlantic Asst. Regional Director Frank Hannah. “There is no place for that at an American Legion baseball game where there are so many children. That kind of behavior will not be tolerated. They were asked politely to stop and chose to continue. We had no choice but to contact the police.”