15-year-old pitcher dies after being hit by baseball in Minnesota

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Zacharie Schaubhut (Photo: Facebook)

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old baseball player has died after being struck by a ball in the northern Minnesota city of Bemidji.

The president of the Bemidji Youth Baseball League, Bruce Dahlin, tells KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/1IWiKZu ) that Zacharie Schaubhut lived in Des Moines, Iowa, but was living with his grandparents for the summer so he could play baseball in Bemidji.

Police say the incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bemidji High School baseball field.

Police say Zacharie was pitching and was struck by a ball that a batter hit. He died later at a hospital.


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1 Comment

  • BearTex3

    It is very sad to read about accidents like this. And the person who will suffer for a long time is the kid that hit the ball. But you know, one of the biggest factors to this tragedy is development of composite bats. These bats are made so that the ball jumps off the so fast that alot of times a pitcher or sometimes even the third baseman has no time to react. The ball goes so far when hit that I have seen kids aged 13 hit a homerun over 300 feet. I have watched my own 13 yr old easily hit a ball out of parks with a composite bat that he does not normally do with a non-composite bat. But these $350 bats that these young kids give them advantages and the leagues allow these bats because they bring in more money for the tournaments that are played year round. I am a true believer that with the exception of little league play, any age group above 13 should be using a wooden bat. But as my kids go to these tourneys, there is a rule in there that states no wooden bats. Because the kids dont kit the ball as hard or as far and so there is very little excitement. So it dont sell. Again this is a sad and tragic accident that can be prevented.