MARSHFIELD – With their eyes and their concentration dead set on catching a fly ball, neither Trevor Schwecke, 17, nor Braden Bohman, 15, realized they were on a collision course.
The two Marshfield High School baseball players smashed head-on into each other Saturday, with Schwecke landing on top of Bohman.
For a few horrifying seconds, both teenagers were lying still on the field and neither moved. Both would be carted to the hospital, where the younger Bohman spent the night while word spread about the frightening crash at Jack Hackman Field in Marshfield.
“This was very scary to watch,” said Deb Decker, Schwecke’s mother, who was watching the game.
As parents and teammates were stunned, medical professionals and coaches leaped into action with ambulances arriving quickly to the scene.
“They were running for a fly ball,” Decker said. “They are both intense players. They didn’t see each other and they connected neck to neck. It was horrible.”
Medical personnel stabilized Bohman on a wooden board and took him to an ambulance, while Schwecke was able to walk off the field.
The ambulances took both teenagers to Ministry Saint Joesph’s Hospital, where Bohman was admitted. Schwecke was treated for three facial fractures and a concussion.
Bohman was released Sunday after being monitored for concussion symptoms, said his mother, Shana Bohman. She said her son returned to school Tuesday for a half-day.
“He’s taking this slowly,” Shana Bohman said. “He’s a lot like Trevor — competitive, and loves the game of baseball. I know he wants to get back out there. The challenge is to make sure Braden takes the time to truly recover.”
Both women said they were thankful the injury happened in Marshfield.
“Thank goodness this was a home game. If you’re going to get hurt, Marshfield is the place to be,” Decker said about the city’s medical trauma-care reputation.
Despite the freak crash, both boys are eager to be back in the game.
“Part of me wants to get back out there with my team and the other part of me knows I need the rest,” Schwecke said Tuesday while healing from the concussion at his home.
The support from the community has been overwhelming, the mothers said.
“I want to thank the community, coaching staff and the teammates from both schools for their support,” Decker said.
“The support from people is phenomenal,” Shana Bohman said. “It makes you feel good that all the people involved in your child’s life, from coaches to teachers, really cares about your child. Everyone is going out of their way to help out.”
Reporter Liz Welter can be reached at 715-384-3131. Find her on Twitter as @welter_liz .