Hayden Walton: Little League Player Dies After Getting Hit with Baseball
Hayden Walton, Little League Player, Dies After Getting Hit in Chest with Baseball
Hayden Walton was just 13 years old, playing little league baseball like so many other kids his age, when he was struck in the chest with a baseball.
Walton was taken to a Phoenix area hospital where he died Wednesday morning. The boy’s parents were both present at the game and were unable to speak with the media, nor should they have been expected to.
The youngster reportedly went around to square for a bunt when the ball hit him in the chest where a person heart would be. Walton took two steps towards first base before he collapsed on the field.
President and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball Stephen Keener told AP:
Words cannot adequately express our sorrow on the passing of Hayden. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hayden’s family, all the players and volunteers of the Winslow Little League, his classmates, and his friends, at this difficult time.
There is no sadder news to report than that of a death. That burden weighs even heavier when the victim is a child.
Walton was just a kid playing little league like thousands do every day, when tragedy struck his family. This is the fear of every parent in the world and this is the saddest thing you could ever imagine.
I think I speak for everyone when I send my deepest condolences to the Walton family and the whole entire community.
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