Edgefield County man allegedly strikes daughter's softball coach

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

A father is not allowed back on the property of his daughter's school after allegations that he hit his daughter's softball coach in the face.

It's supposed to be competitive fun, but according to an incident report, one parent is accused of throwing the wrong type of pitch.

It happened the night of Monday, April 24 during a softball playoff game.

An Edgefield County sheriff's incident report states that Hitt Arnold, III was upset that his daughter's coach, Donald Woolsey, Jr., was not giving his daughter any playing time.

"He was unhappy that his daughter didn't get to pitch," says Sgt. Phil Ireland of the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office. "He got upset. He apparently struck him across the left check causing the coaches glasses to fall off."

News 12 attempted to talk with Hitt Arnold, but he wasn't home.

After being charged with simple assault and battery and disturbing school, Mr. Arnold turned himself in and was released on his own recognizance.

Strom Thurmond principal Greg Thompson wants other parents to learn from this.

"Everybody expects the players and the teachers to be role models, but the parents have to be role models as well," he says.

And as the team turns their focus to another play off game, the school is ready to move on.

"This is not something that represents the school district or the city of Edgefield," Thompson says. "We want to get past this."

Tonight, the Strom Thurmond High softball team is in a play-off game in Columbia.

Coach Donald Woolsey complained of neck and knee pain, but is expected to coach.

However, Mr. Arnold's daughter has since quit the team.

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