KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee high school baseball coach and his assistant are suing a parent who said that they were abusing players by trying to hit them with pitches during practice.

Hardin Valley Academy coach Joe Michalski and assistant coach Zach Luther are each seeking up to $2 million in punitive damages and $1 million in compensatory damages from Sheri Super due to defamation.

According to the complaint, Super said coaches threw pitches at players in the batter’s box. The coaches say they threw soft pitches at players’ hips with a lightweight “training” ball to help them avoid injury in games. They say baseballs weren’t used.

The coaches were placed on paid leave before getting reinstated. According to the complaint, investigations showed no proof of wrongdoing.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel first reported the suit.