Suspension lifted against softball players

By Curt Autry - bio | email

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Play ball! That's the ruling from the Crenshaw Athletic Association, which lifted the suspensions against three teen girls, initially barred from playing on their softball team after their coach allegedly gave them alcohol during a cookout.

This order came directly from the Chesterfield Youth Softball Association which overturned its own rule, which is to suspend all people involved in an incident so there is no further disruption to the team.

The three girls in question were back on the ball field in Chesterfield Tuesday night.

Police last week charged William Tanis, with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors after allegedly providing wine coolers to five girls during a cookout at his home May 24. Three of the girls, including his daughter, were softball players.

Brittney Holcomb was one of the ball players at that cook-out, and she blew the whistle. But coming forward got her suspended, which outraged both her and her family. Now, she's relieved to be back on the field:

"The girls are happy I'm playing. I'm happy I'm playing. I think we have just enough people again and we're ready to come out and win this. I know there'll be some tension between the parents, but I don't care who gives me looks. I'm here for my team, and my team is happy I'm back," said Brittney Holcomb.

Brittney's team has three regular season games left. A preliminary hearing in the case against coach Tanis is set for August 4 in Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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