A 13-year-old pitcher was accused of clubbing a teenage friend to death with a baseball bat, moments after the friend apparently teased him at a concession stand after his team's first loss of the season.
The pitcher, whose name was not released, was arrested Wednesday for investigation of murder. He is suspected of killing Jeremy Rourke, 15, after the Tuesday night Pony League game in this desert city about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
The boys had no history of fighting, said Tony Trevino, coach of the Dodgers, which had just defeated the suspect's team when the clubbing took place.
Trevino said witnesses told him the two boys teased each after Rourke cut in front of the suspect in the snack bar line and that the suspect pulled a bat from his bag and hit Rourke in the knees, then the head.
The suspect was the starting pitcher when his team was beaten for the first time in eight games by the Dodgers, a team that went into the game with a 1-6 record.