Bat boy hit in face by foul ball

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) – By the time you hear the crack of a bat, it can be too late to avoid the baseball. One Fort Myers Miracle bat boy learned that painful lesson Saturday.

“They have helmets on and everything they can do, but when a ball comes at you, there’s nothing you can do about it,” spectator Tracy Juliano said.

Saturday, the bat boy was near the dugout when a player from the opposing team hit a foul ball. The ball drilled the boy in his face.

“The moment he got hit, the Twins trainer stepped out of the dugout and got him into the clubhouse way. The LCSO officer came down and then also our South Trail Fire and EMS was on scene,” said Miracle Chief Operating Officer Ben Hemmen. “We wish him the safest and quickest recovery so he can get back out and do his job because he loves doing his job.”

Shortly after the boy fell to the ground, he walked off the field on his own. From video of the incident, it appears the boy suffered an injury to the right side of his face. Staff said he was taken to the hospital and was recovering at home on Monday.