A Gilmer High School junior varsity baseball player who was injured during a JV game at Bullard on Friday night faces a "tough" recovery, but his injuries are not life-threatening, Gilmer ISD superintendent Rick Albritton said.
The player, a freshman, was airlifted to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after being struck in the mouth and nose area by an infield fly ball which he lost in the sun, said Gilmer High School assistant principal Jeff Hamilton, who witnessed the incident.
The player struck his face on the ground as "I think it knocked him out for a little bit," Hamilton said.
An ambulance was scheduled to take him to the hospital, but a medical helicopter was used instead due to traffic on US Hwy 69, Hamilton said. He said the incident occurred between about 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. and that they arrived at the hospital at 6:43 p.m.
Albritton and Gilmer athletic director Matt Turner were both at the hospital Friday evening and Albritton reported the player was coherent and being examined in the emergency room.
"He's a tough kid," the superintendent said.