PITTSFIELD -- A Lenox teen who city police say hit another teen in the head with a souvenir-sized baseball bat and then smashed his cellphone in a dispute concerning a woman pleaded not guilty to two felonies on Monday and was released on personal recognizance.

Keegan B. Kelly, 18, of Jaynes Road, allegedly walked up to a 19-year-old acquaintance from Pittsfield on West Street on Saturday and asked him if he wanted to fight, according to a Pittsfield police report.

The other teen answered that he would fight if Kelly set down the miniature baseball bat he was carrying. Instead, Kelly hit him in the head with the bat, police said.

When the man attempted to flee, his cellphone dropped from his pants and Kelly allegedly smashed it repeatedly with the bat.

The alleged victim had no visible injuries, police said. It was unclear whether the man sought medical attention.

The man allegedly told police he believed he was attacked by Kelly because he was friends with the defendant's girlfriend.

A 22-year-old city woman who was walking her dog nearby witnessed the altercation, according to police.

Kelly, represented by attorney Scott Ellis, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and vandalizing property.

He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg and ordered to stay away from the victim.

Kelly is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 7 for a pretrial hearing.

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