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Moorhead man gets week in jail for assaulting Kansas City pitcher

Travis Keith Burnside

FARGO - A former pitcher for the Kansas City T-Bones is still struggling to recover after being hit in the face here on the night his team lost in the league finals to Fargo-Moorhead.

The man who threw the punch, Travis Keith Burnside, 33, of Moorhead, pleaded guilty on Monday in Cass County District Court to misdemeanor assault.

Burnside was sentenced to serve a week in jail with two years of unsupervised probation. He must also do 200 hours of community service and pay $3,858 in restitution to the former T-Bone, Cody McAllister.

McAllister was hit in the face by Burnside and knocked unconscious for at least 10 minutes shortly before 2 a.m. on Sept. 18 outside of Sidestreet Grille & Pub, according to police.

Mark Boening, an assistant Cass County state's attorney, said McAllister's head hit a rock in the parking lot when he went down. The pitcher, who had a history of concussions, has had problems with short-term memory and personality changes since the altercation, Boening said.

"He may never be the same again," he said.

McAllister, who was in the Boston Red Sox minor league system in 2007 and 2008 before a two-year turn with the T-Bones, isn't on Kansas City's 2011 roster.

The fight took place just hours after Kansas City was swept in the Northern Leagues finals by the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

Burnside apologized for his actions in the hearing before Judge Wade Webb.

"If I could take it back, I would," Burnside said.

Webb warned the injuries sustained could have been more serious.

"Somebody could have died," the judge said.

Burnside had faced felony assault charges, but the plea deal allowed Burnside to plead to a misdemeanor.

Boening said it was hard to reach a fair agreement in the case because Burnside also suffered injuries in the fight. Burnside told officers he was hit first by McAllister and then hit again by a second man.

Burnside's attorney said he also had lasting medical issues from being punched in the face, such as pain in his jaw, neck and back.