Junior College Pitcher faces possible expulsion for tackling Baserunner

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — A Texas junior college pitcher faces expulsion from school for tying an opposing baserunner after giving up a home run.

The incident happened Wednesday as Weatherford College hosted North Central Texas College.

Video posted online showed North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips finishing third in the sixth inning. Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward then sprints and collides with him, sending both players crashing to the ground.

It is not immediately clear what prompted the attack. The game has been suspended.

Weatherford school officials said the incident will be investigated and Woodward could potentially be expelled. School officials said the Weatherford Police Department is also investigating.

“We are shocked and disappointed with what happened in our game today,” Weatherford coach Jeff Lightfoot said after the game. “We do not tolerate this type of behavior. We have worked hard to build a program with the highest standards. We are completely embarrassed by this incident and apologize to North Central Texas College and WC baseball fans. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated. »

The teams were to play a doubleheader on Saturday.


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