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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tigers teammates collide, doing well

David Rawnsley        
Photo: Perfect Game
Sometimes Baseball isn't just that important. In the bottom of the 4th inning of the Baseball U and Dallas Tigers game Sunday morning on Blue Field #7, Tigers' outfielders Jared Wilson and Conner Fikes, ironically senior teammates at Rowlett High School in Texas, were involved in a violent collision while chasing a fly ball in right field.

It was immediately obvious that both players could be seriously hurt and multiple calls to 911 were made by both parents at the game and Perfect Game staff. The Blue Quad Athletic Trainer reached the scene within 1 to 2 minutes and went to work at once to stabilize the unconscious Fikes. He was soon joined by the Athletic Trainer from the Red Quad, plus EMT's arriving by ambulance and fire truck and local police. A helicopter was called to rush Fikes to the hospital by air and lifted off from the Blue 7 outfield approximately 20-25 minutes after the collision.

We are thrilled to report that both Connor Fikes and Jared Wilson are doing well. Fikes is being held overnight in the hospital for observation and has been diagnosed with a severe concussion but fortunately nothing worse. Wilson was transported to the hospital by car and treated for a mild concussion and broken nose and released.

Perfect Game would like to profusely thank all those involved who provided care and assistance to these two fine young players and young men. From the trainers to the EMT's to the police and helicopter pilot, their professionalism and training was obvious to all and an inspiration to everyone, as we all know that a similar misfortune could strike any of us at some point in the future.

Now back to fun and excitement of Baseball again.....
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