Deputies: Lakeland softball coach charged after headbutting umpire

Credit: TBO.com — A girls softball coach from Lakeland faces a battery charge after deputies say she headbutted an umpire after a game in Lithia last weekend.

Gordon Elliott Moore, 37, of 4324 Melbrooke Court, Lakeland, is charged with battery on a specified official or employee. Moore, who is the coach of Christina Girls Minor Division, 12 and under team, was released in $2,000 bond.

Moore got into an argument with the home-plate umpire Kimberly Anderson after the last out of a game Sunday afternoon at the FishHawk Sports Complex in Lithia, the sheriff”s office said. Stephen Connell, another umpire, saw Moore gesturing with his arms and talking loudly, so he got between Moore and Anderson.

Moore then bumped Connell, 56, of Venice, in the chest and headbutted him on the nose, according to the sheriff”s office. Moore tried to headbutt Connell again, but Connell moved and struck Moore in the face with a closed fist.

Moore was arrested soon after without incident, the sheriff”s office said.