Coach gets house arrest for punching umpire

By From page A3 | September 27, 2012

FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo youth baseball coach who cold-cocked an umpire after a perceived blown call in 2010 was sentenced Wednesday to 45 days of house arrest in an electronic monitoring program.

Earlier this week, a jury found David D. Davis guilty of a pair of misdemeanor criminal battery charges.

Davis was coaching first base during a Babe Ruth league state championship game on a Sunday afternoon in July 2010 at Wilson Field in Vallejo.

He reacted angrily at an out call at first base when a Vallejo player did not beat out the throw. The field umpire ejected Davis from the game and then walked up to him to follow through with the ejection. Davis punched the umpire, knocking him out and bringing an end to the losing game.

The outburst of violence between two adults working among children got national media coverage and wide play in Bay Area and Sacramento news outlets.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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