INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A “young fan” was hit by a foul ball during a Saturday Indianapolis Indians home game and taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to a statement from the team.
During Saturday’s game at Victory Field against the Gwinnett Stripers, the fan was hit by a foul ball along the first base line, the team said late Saturday. The condition of the “young fan” was not provided on Saturday night.
Several people who attended the game used social media to say they had seen a child hit by a ball. Witnesses said the ball hit a boy who looked to be between 5 and 8 years old.
Joanna Allen spoke with News 8 and she said the incident was a scary situation.
“At that moment, when that little boy got hit, it was so quiet,” said Joanna Allen, who was sitting a few rows in front of the boy who was hit. “You couldn’t hear anything except for unfortunately him. Just the screams were horrific.”
Allen said the game did go on, but a lot of people seemed to be shaken up.
“I’m petrified to bring my granddaughter there, she’s only 10 months. It could happen to anyone unfortunately it was a child,” she said.
Allen now believes nets should be installed around the stadium.
“It’s happening more and more often,” said Allen.
The incident comes just three days after a girl was hit by a foul ball during a game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, an incident MLB called “extremely upsetting.”
Major League Baseball said Thursday it will keep examining its policy on protective netting at stadiums.
Full statement from the Indianapolis Indians:
Tonight a young fan was struck by a foul ball along the first base line. On-site EMT personnel provided treatment at the stadium and the fan was transported to the hospital. We are not able to disclose further details at this time. Our thoughts are with the entire family.