WEATHERFORD, Texas — A Texas junior school baseball convention has suspended a pitcher for 4 video games after he tackled an opposing batter after a house run, and the batter additionally was suspended for 2 video games as a result of he was ejected for taunting.
The North Texas Junior Faculty Athletic Convention introduced Thursday it suspended each gamers and plenty of extra from each groups as a result of ensuing brawl.
On-line video of the play confirmed North Central Texas Faculty’s Josh Phillips rounding third after his sixth-inning residence run, solely to have Weatherford Faculty pitcher Owen Woodward cost off the mound and stage him with a violent blow to the midsection. A number of gamers then charged on to the sector.
Weatherford officers have mentioned Woodward may face expulsion from faculty because the play caught widespread on-line consideration.
However the league workplace handed out most of its punishment for the North Central Texas program due to the gamers who ran onto the sector after the hit.
The league suspended for 2 video games “all crew members for NCTC that have been within the dugout or bullpen” and any assistant coaches who stepped onto the sector. It additionally suspended 4 further Weatherford gamers and assistant coaches for 2 video games.
If that leaves North Central Texas with out sufficient gamers for its subsequent two video games in opposition to Weatherford, it should forfeit, the league mentioned. Each groups have been ordered to forfeit the sport that was stopped.
The groups are scheduled to play one another this weekend.
“We’re shocked and dissatisfied at what occurred in our sport in the present day,” Weatherford coach Jeff Lightfoot mentioned after the sport. “We don’t condone this sort of habits. We have now labored exhausting to construct a program with the very best of requirements. We’re utterly embarrassed by this incident, and we apologize to North Central Texas Faculty and the followers of WC baseball. Such a habits can’t be tolerated.”
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