Posted: 8:08 pm Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Central’s Scott Benedict suspended two games 

By Jason Lieser

Palm Beach Central baseball coach Scott Benedict missed the Broncos’ game at Park Vista on Wednesday, serving the first of a two-game suspension. Benedict was ejected from Tuesday’s game against Cardinal Newman for arguing balls and strikes and will miss his team’s first district tournament game as well.

Broncos athletic director Jeff Schwartz was at the game, which Palm Beach Central hosted, and said Benedict’s ejection was unfair.

“He didn’t deserve it,” Schwartz said. “If this was next week I’d file a complaint with the state to let him coach.”

Schwartz said the incident took place when the home plate umpire called a few balls that Palm Beach Central deemed strikes. When Benedict voiced his opinion, the umpire threw him out of the game.

“It was nothing major, no screaming or cursing,” Schwartz said.

Palm Beach Central beat Cardinal Newman 12-2 in five innings. The Broncos are ranked No. 1 in this area and are one of a few teams in Class 6A with realistic championship aspirations.

Tuesday was the Broncos’ first game since going 2-2 in a California tournament last week. They lost their regular season finale Wednesday at Park Vista, 12-2 in six innings. Assistant coach Louie Todaro filled in for Benedict and said the coach’s absence seemed to have at least a minor effect on the team.