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So sad...

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM
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So Sad!!  While it's devastating for the family of this young boy - I can't imagine how it feels to be the pitcher!  Poor kid to live with knowing that you accidentally caused someone's death!

13-year-old killed by pitch in Arizona Little League game

Tragedy struck in Winslow, Ariz. on Wednesday morning when a 13-year-old Little Leaguer died hours after being struck by a pitch in the middle of a game.


According to the Associated Press as well as a variety of Arizona outlets including ABC 15 News, Hayden Walton was struck by a pitch in the chest when he turned to bunt during a game on Tuesday night. The pitch reportedly struck the middle schooler in the chest, directly over his heart. That stopped his heart entirely; a condition medically referred to as commotio cordis, according to ABC 15.

"He took an inside pitch right in the chest," Winslow Little League official Jamey Jones told the AP. "After that he took two steps to first base and collapsed."

Walton was almost immediately transported to the nearest hospital, but he never recovered and was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning. The Winslow Little League suspended all games until Friday as a result and the incident was kept under wraps while those closest with the Walton family grieved for the loss of a young member of the Winslow community. Understandably, the Walton parents -- who also have a young daughter -- have been unwilling to speak to the press because of their shock and grief.

That sense of tragedy has been shared by members of Little League's national branch, where Steve Keener, the president and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball, released a statement offering up condolences for all those connected with the tragedy.

"Words cannot adequately express our sorrow on the passing of Hayden," Keener told the AP. "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."

While Hayden Walton loved playing sports, he was also considered a rising pillar of the community for performing a variety of good deeds. He was a Boy Scout and, notably, mowed lawns and pitched in on odd jobs like taking out the trash for older widowed women who lived in his neighborhood.

As of Friday night, no news about when or where Walton would be buried had been released. In the meantime, the Winslow community will continue to grieve over what can only be considered an overpowering and shocking loss.

"It's a hard thing to handle for everyone," Walton family spokesman Dale Thomas told the AP. "When you're touched by something of this magnitude, it sends shock waves throughout the community."

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by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I read about this earlier.. I was sooo sad.

And.. he just wanted to play ball and that's how it happens some times .. the ball hits you in the wrong stop..

What a very said story:(

by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I'm so sorry

by Kelly on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM

how awful!

by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM

that is heart wrenching...

by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:57 AM


Know what's a little weird? My son is a lefty, and he noticed in his game friday that the pitcher kept hitting the lefties with his pitches, so he batted right to avoid getting...he's 8. Now I'm glad he did that....yikes! I feel SO sad for this family and for the little pitcher    :(

by Lisa on Jun. 5, 2011 at 2:13 AM
How sad! I have to remind myself sometimes that this is rare and ds can play sports. He's starting soccer soon.
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by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 2:54 AM

Bless him. I do feel so bad for the family.

by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:09 AM

Wow. That's so sad, and such a strange twist of fate, I mean people send their kids to football and gymnastics and karate and ice skating knowing that they could get seriously hurt, but I don't think anyone ever thinks it could come from Little League Baseball. 

I'm so sad for the parents and all the players on both teams who were there. Those poor kids, I can't imagine how it's affecting them. I can't imagine what the young pitcher feels like. 

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