Baseball player strikes man with bat to end fight
A baseball player at a north Lexington park struck a man with a bat Thursday evening to help a woman who was being attacked by the man, Lexington police said.
Benjamin Payne, 41, of Lexington started arguing with a woman during a recreational sports league game about 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Coolavin Park, Lexington police Officer Ann Gutierrez said.
A player on one of the baseball teams hit Payne with a bat when the argument became violent during the family event, Gutierrez said. Payne was injured and taken to University of Kentucky Hospital where he was in fair condition on Friday. The woman was not hospitalized.
Payne was charged with fourth-degree assault. The player was not charged.
Gutierrez did not know the relationship between Payne and the woman. The names of the victim and the player were not released.