June 5, 2011

Little Leaguer Killed in Freak Accident

By - Kris Fletcher

A 13-year-old Arizona boy was killed this week in a freak accident after a baseball hit him over the heart as he attempted to bunt.

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Hayden Walton went for the bunt during a game on Tuesday night. As he squared around, he took the pitch right in the chest. Walton then took two steps towards first base, and collapsed. He died the following morning at a local hospital.

The league suspended games until Friday, and has counselors available for players or parents who need them.

The boy's parents, who were at the game, are heartbroken, shocked and unable to speak to members of the media, league president and family spokesman Dale Thomas said.

"It's a hard thing to handle for everyone. When you're touched by something of this magnitude, it sends shock waves throughout the community."


  1. That is very sad.

  2. I had an uncle that died the exact same way.

  3. As a parent of 2 small children, a daughter and a son, I couldn't even begin to imagine how I would cope with something like this. Completely unfathomable to me. Sad almost doesn't do it justice.