Pitcher takes line drive shot to head


Having a child injured during a game and carried away on a stretcher can be a parent and coach’s worst nightmare. That scenario happened last Friday, July 17, when during the 11- 12-year-old baseball semifinal between Tecumseh and Blissfield a batter hit a line drive to the head of pitcher Ben Barrus.

Both Raisin Charter Township and a LCA paramedic unit were called to the scene and assessed the situation on the playing field. Barrus (Blissfield) was immediately taken to the hospital and evaluated while the game was suspended. When the accident occurred there were two outs on Tecumseh in the second inning with the Indians holding a 4-0 lead.

Tecumseh Little League president Tim Connors was on hand and talked to the coaches and the group decided it would be best to resume the game the next day as all of the players had witnessed a traumatic incident.

Both teams gathered in the dugouts after the ambulances left the field and the coaches explained that while it was a hard hit to the head, Barrus appeared to be doing ok and would be well taken care of. He was.

The very next day, Barrus was back in the game again. He was evaluated and allowed to at least support his friends during the district contest from the comfort of the dugout.
The hard-hitting Indians blasted out several home runs the next day after the contest resumed and went on to win by a mercy rule.

Clinton defeated Blissfield on Sunday, July 19, and faced Tecumseh in a double elimination final on Monday. The contest turned into the championship final when Tecumseh defeated Clinton 5-1 to advance to the state games. Had Clinton won, another contest would have determined the overall winner.

Addison and Plymouth Canton also participated in the weeklong tournament.

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