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WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP)- The Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) has taken disciplinary action regarding the fighting incident between Weatherford College and North Central Texas College at a baseball game that occurred this past week on April 20th.

According to a press release, the Weatherford College pitcher involved has been given a four-game suspension by the conference for tackling a North Central Texas College baserunner. The Weatherford College Student Services Office has handed down additional discipline, but due to college policy and federal regulation, the details of the discipline will not be released.

Weatherford College Head Baseball Coach Jeff Lightfoot also stated that the pitcher is no longer with the team.

The North Central Texas College baserunner involved has been given a two-game suspension for taunting.

The National Junior College Athletic Association has rules that prohibit coaches from leaving their positions or dugouts during a fight. The umpires cited in their game ejection form that North Central Texas College cleared their bench. All team members that were in the "bullpen or dugout, except for two, and any North Central Texas College assistant coaches that stepped onto the field will serve a two-game suspension."

Four Weatherford College players that left their positions or the dugout will also serve two-game suspensions, along with any assistant coach that may have stepped onto the field during the incident.

The game was the first of four to take place between the two schools. Two were to be played in Weatherford on April 20th, and another two in Gainesville on April 23rd. The conference ruled game one a double forfeit, and games two and three will be considered forfeits from the North Central Texas College due to the school not having enough current certified players to field a team. The fourth game is scheduled to played at North Central Texas College on Saturday.

The disciplinary actions the conference took are from the NJCAA Policies Manual.



WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — A Texas junior college baseball conference has suspended a pitcher for four games after he tackled an opposing batter after a home run, and the batter also was suspended for two games because he was ejected for taunting.

The North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference announced Thursday it suspended both players and many more from both teams due to the resulting brawl.

Online video of the play showed North Central Texas College's Josh Phillips rounding third after his sixth-inning home run, only to have Weatherford College pitcher Owen Woodward charge off the mound and level him with a violent blow to the midsection. Several players then charged on to the field.

Weatherford officials have said Woodward could face expulsion from school as the play caught widespread online attention.


A Breckenridge High School graduate could be facing severe punishment after he charged and tackled an opposing player during a college baseball game on Wednesday, April 20.

Owen Woodward was pitching for Weatherford College in a game against North Central Texas College.

NCTC's Josh Phillips hit a home run off Woodward during the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. While Phillips was running around third base, Woodward ran off the pitchers' mound, threw down his glove and charged Phillips.

It appears one of the umpires was pointing toward Phillips as he rounded second base. It was not clear if anything was said, or what directly led to the attack.

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The Weatherford College Police Department is investigating the incident, and Woodward could be expelled from the school, according to a statement from WC.

Woodward graduated from Breckenridge High School in 2020, and played baseball at Lubbock Christian University during his freshman season.

The game between WC and NCTC was suspended.

Below is the full statement from Weatherford College.

In a baseball game Wednesday, April 20, at Weatherford College, a WC pitcher charged a North Central Texas College baserunner. After the incident, umpires suspended the game until further notice.

Weatherford College is investigating the incident. The WC student in question will face potential disciplinary action from the Office of Student Services up to and possibly including expulsion. The Weatherford College Police Department is also investigating the incident and has taken statements.

“We are shocked and disappointed at what happened in our game today,” said Jeff Lightfoot, WC head baseball coach and assistant athletic director. “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.”

Lightfoot went on to say that the player in question had no previous incidents of any kind.

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