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Benbrook Chicken Deaths May Have Been Baseball Superstition

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Chickens sit in a barn at a poultry farm. (credit: Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Chickens sit in a barn at a poultry farm. (credit: Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

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BENBROOK (AP) – Fort Worth-area police are investigating whether two prep baseball players sacrificed chickens in a bid to improve their games.

Western Hills High School baseball coach Bobby McIntire says he has not had a chance to talk to the students about why they did it. McIntire on Wednesday told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that “baseball is very superstitious” and the idea possibly came from movies.

School officials say the boys have been kicked off the team.

Fort Worth Independent School District spokesman Clint Bond says an incident happened during spring break. Bond did not know how many chickens allegedly were killed. He declined to say how the two students were punished.

Benbrook police did not immediately comment.

Western Hills on Wednesday beat Southwest High School 11-1. Western Hills is 7-15 overall.

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