ATWATER -- The city's Parks and Recreation Department recently completed its investigation of a fight at a softball game that involved two sheriff's detectives and a Livingston employee.
The Deputy Sheriff's Association softball team was playing the Steamers, a civilian team, at Osborn Park in Atwater on Oct. 13 when some perceived trash-talking by a detective prompted several players from both dugouts to clash.
Penalties were handed out by the city's parks and recreation department because of the episode.
The fight erupted after a scoring discrepancy led Detective Roy Tighe to consult with the Steamers' scorekeeper -- the wife of James Linan, a maintenance worker for Livingston.
When Linan thought Tighe was disrespecting his wife, Tina, the two men began arguing, leading Linan to grab Tighe by the shirt and hit him, according to a report taken by the Atwater Police Department.
Tighe subdued Linan and identified himself as a peace officer, according to the report.
Sheriff's Detective Corey Gibson was also involved in the brawl, taking down a player who ran out of the opposing dugout and hit him, according to the report.
More Steamers players ran out of the dugout toward the fight, but stopped when deputies said they'd go to jail if they got involved.
Dan Barton, Atwater's recreation supervisor, recently completed an investigation about the confrontation, and decided to suspend the two players who were involved in the initial fight -- Tighe and Linan -- and put both teams on probation, he said. Both teams were also given a double-forfeit.
The recreation department's policy is similar to school policy when it comes to fights -- the two players involved are automatically suspended, said Barton, who added that his investigation involved talking to both teams and several bystanders.
Neither sheriff's detective was reprimanded by the department for their involvement in the off-duty incident.
Officials from the sheriff's office did read through the police report, said Undersheriff Tom Cavallero.
"We reviewed the Atwater Police Department report, in which the Deputy Sheriff's Association members involved were shown as victims," Cavallero said. "There's nothing to suggest anything other than that. We're considering the matter closed."
Some members of the Steamers claimed the sheriff's detectives instigated the fight and were in the wrong, but calls to Steamers players seeking comment weren't returned late Monday.
Neither Tighe nor Gibson could be reached for comment.
No arrests were made after the brawl, and it's unknown whether any of the parties will pursue legal action. No severe injuries were mentioned in the report.
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