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A junior college baseball player in Texas has been booted from his team after tackling an opposing player who hit a home run off of him. 

On Wednesday, Weatherford College pitcher Owen Woodward tackled Josh Phillips of North Central Texas College as the player rounded third base, causing players to rush onto the field and forcing umpires to suspend the game.

Umpires suspended the game until further notice following the tackle and marked the game as a forfeit. According to CBS Sports, two-game suspensions were handed down to NCTC players and coaches who ran onto the field and two-game suspensions for four Weatherford College players and coaches.

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

NCTC released a statement on its website, thanking the Weatherford administration for its “integrity” in handling the situation. 

“North Central Texas College supports its student athletes and the various athletic programs available at the College,” NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace said. “NCTC expects our student athletes to exhibit the highest levels of sportsmanship both on and off the field. The unfortunate events at Weatherford College will be used as a teaching moment for our student athletes to help ensure these incidents do not occur in the future. We appreciate the integrity of the Weatherford Administration in communicating with NCTC and will be working in conjunction with them to determine the full extent of this event.”

On Thursday, the Northern Texas College Athletic Association handed down punishments, giving a four-game suspension for the Weatherford pitcher, as well as a two-game suspension to Phillips — the NCTC player who was tackled — for taunting. Weatherford College took it a step further, saying that the pitcher in question is “no longer with the team.”

“WC Head Baseball Coach Jeff Lightfoot said the player is no longer with the team,” Weatherford College Athletics posted to Twitter. “The Weatherford College Student Services handed down additional discipline to the student, but because of college policy and federal regulations protecting student privacy, WC will not be releasing the details of any other discipline.” 

The incident happened in the first game of a four-game series, with games two and three being ruled a forfeit for NCTC due to the team not being able to field enough players.

Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers, and the NBA for Sporting News. Send your sports questions to sports@dailywire.com.

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