Manual High School’s baseball team suffered a scare on Tuesday evening when outfielder Will Britt went down with what appeared to be a serious injury.
According to Manual head coach Matt Timbario, Britt was hit by a pitch just above his left eye in the bottom of the sixth inning of Manual’s 7-1 victory over DeSales at Derby City Field. Over the course of the next few minutes, Britt’s eye became swelled shut and after paramedics arrived, he was placed on a stretcher into an ambulance and transported to a hospital. The game was called after the injury.
Despite being hit in the head, Britt was responsive to paramedics and coaches, according to Timbario.
“He was responsive to any questions,” Timbario said. “He knew what day and month it was, he knew his name. It didn’t look like a concussion but his left eye was swollen shut.”
Timbario said he was expecting an update from Britt’s parents on his condition later in the evening. (UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, Britt was kept overnight in the hospital was diagnosed with a broken bone under his eye, with an ophthalmologist to determine the extent of the injuries.)
Timbario had firsthand experience with a similar injury that he suffered while playing college baseball.