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Foul ball at Indianapolis Indians game sends ‘young fan’ to hospital

Young fan’ hit by Indians foul ball, hospitalized

News 8's Julia Deng reports.

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. 

Fan hit by foul ball at Indy Indians game

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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.

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Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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