Pitcher Kicked Off Team For Insane Attack On Baserunner

Baseball turned into football for a few moments in this crazy scene out of Texas. Scores of suspensions and a league ban have been handed out after a batter taking his HR trot met up with some serious resistance from the pitcher he just took deep. 

In a Texas Junior College game, North Central Texas College first baseman Josh Phillips hit a go-ahead home run off Weatherford College pitcher Owen Woodward in the sixth inning. It was when Phillips taunted Woodward while rounding the bases that the pitcher charged from the mound full steam ahead and savagely tackled Phillips, leading to a benches-clearing melee.

Woodward the pitcher was handed a 4-game suspension by the league, and then kicked off the team for good by coach Jeff Lightfoot. "We are completely embarrassed by this incident," said Lightfoot, "and we apologize to North Central Texas College and the fans of WC baseball. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated.”

Phillips, the batter, was handed a 2-game suspension for shouting the obscenity as he rounded the bases, and most of his teammates also received 2-game bans for clearing the bench and bullpen. 

Of course, after the dust-up, Phillips calmly got up and trotted to home plate to ensure the runs counted. Might as well, after all that.