Ben Rohrbach, USA TODAY High School Sports
In one of the most incredible stories you’ll ever hear, a high school baseball pitcher trumped his two-hit victory on the mound with the save of his life on a Northern California highway.
On his way home from striking out five in five innings of work and batting 2-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored in an 11-1 win over league rival Fort Bragg, Kelseyville (Calif.) senior right-hander Noah Lyndall and his family watched one of three cars in what appeared to be a high-speed game of chase fly through the air, according to The Press Democrat.
“It shot up the embankment probably 35 or 40 feet, maybe even 50 feet, straight up the mountain,” Lyndall said. “Once they got to the top, the car flips, probably four flips. My mom is screaming at the top of her lungs. Halfway down, a body flies out of the car. The back rear window blew out and he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
“It was super violent,” he said. “He lands face down on the ground.”
The 16-year-old Ukiah (Calif.) native laying in the middle of Highway 20 was fortunate Lyndall happened to be a 4.1 GPA high school student with a passion for medicine and experience in programs at two of the nation’s best doctorate programs — nearby Cal-Berkeley and Johns Hopkins across the country — according to the fantastic Press Democrat piece.
As the injured boy’s friends and co-passengers ran from the scene of the accident, Lyndall used a piece of the totaled car and his own sweatshirt to prop up and comfort the teen until paramedics arrived on the scene, per The Press Democrat. More from Lyndall in the piece:
“He just started screaming. The poor kid was in so much pain. His face, the noise,” he said. “His head is just covered in blood, you couldn’t see the color of his hair. At that point, I’m just happy he’s alive. My whole thought is ‘Keep this kid alive until the paramedics get here.’ ”
A California Highway Patrol officer told the paper Lyndall “probably helped save that kid from doing more damage,” as the boy was soon treated for “a concussion and multiple lacerations.”
The story is a shining example of the repercussions teens face for their decisions every day, with several kids now under investigation for their roles in the accident and another returning to his baseball team with the real-life hero label to add to his team-best .500 batting average.
Once again, we can’t recommend enough reading the entire Press Democrat piece for the full story of how fortune brought Lyndall to that injured boy’s side on the evening of April 15.