Posted: 11:19 am Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Pope baseball coach David Manning ejected, suspended 

By Jason Lieser

For the second straight day, a Palm Beach County baseball coach was ejected and subsequently suspended. The latest is Pope John Paul II coach David Manning, who was kicked out early in his team’s 9-3 loss at West Boca Raton last night.

Pope John Paul II athletic director Scott Baker was not at the game but said he was aware of Manning’s ejection. He is in the process of addressing the situation.

“Of course we don’t want our coaches ejected from games, but I don’t have enough information yet,” Baker said.

The ejection automatically comes with a two-game suspension. Pope John Paul II is scheduled to begin the District 13-3A tournament Tuesday against St. Andrew’s. If the Eagles lose that game, Baker believes the suspension will carry over into the first game of next season.

West Boca Raton coach Brian Joros said Manning did not make a big scene and “must have just rubbed the umpire the wrong way.” Joros did not know what exactly led to Manning’s ejection.

Palm Beach Central coach Scott Benedict was ejected from Tuesday’s game against Cardinal Newman and also received a two-game suspension. Benedict served the first game last night and will miss the Broncos’ opening game of the district tournament as well.