A 13-year old died after being struck by a pitch during a little league game in Arizona. Per the Associated Press, Hayde Walton was attempting to bunt when he was struck by a pitch in his chest, directly over his heart. The impact caused his heart to stop.
“He took an inside pitch right in the chest,” Little League official Jamey Jones stated. “After that he took two steps to first base and collapsed.”
Walton was transported to the nearest hospital, but was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning.
Steve Keener, the president and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball, stated. “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. The loss of a child is incomprehensible.”
Hayde Walton’s death was due to a condition known as commotio cordis.