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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Roland-Grise Middle School student died after an accident during batting practice Friday.

A Laney High School coach confirms Alex Newsome was throwing at batting practice when he was hit by a line drive around 4:00pm Friday. The 6th grader was protected by a cage but apparently his head wasn't covered, causing him to sustain a head injury.

He was taken by EMS to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center where he was treated and later pronounced dead around 9:20pm.  



"New Hanover County Schools is greatly saddened by the loss of our student in this tragic incident. Staff, coaches, parents, the principal and superintendent of the district were all at the hospital after the accident to offer support to the family, classmates, teachers and friends of Alex.

The district also had social workers available and will continue to offer grief counseling and support for any students and staff who may need it. The district's team of social workers and counselors will be available throughout the week.

This is an extremely difficult and sad time for all involved. The district is committed to doing everything possible to support the Newsome family and the entire Roland-Grise school community."

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  • Leftie

    This sounds like a situation where the screen was not moved from right side thrower to the other side for a leftie. If so delivering a pitch without the dropped portion of the screening on the throwing side would almost force the thrower to expose their head just to release the ball.

    Yes a helmet might have helped depending on where the young man was hit but maybe not.

    The answer to the first paragraph of this comment should provide information on whether this was just a tragic accident or negligence on the field.

  • Cain

    Praying for his family & friends.
    May God comfort you.

  • charlie13hd

    Who ever hit that ball just imagine how they feel. We should all say a prayer for them to.

  • Bill B

    Horrible, praying for the family. My deepest sympathies.

  • ill-mington

    Yes if I remember correctly the only sport 6th graders can play is lacrosse. Other sports are reserved for the 7th and 8th graders. Its been this way for years. Apparently your kids did not play any sports.

  • Kat

    He was the bat boy and just having fun….a beautiful young life is lost and we need to let everyone grieve and not worry about what could have been done; as so many posts have stated! Just a terrible, tragic accident and the loss of a young boy we can not bring back!

  • Why would this boy have been playing at Roland Grise school at only 12 years old and in the 6th grade? School sports are only for 7th graders and up?

  • SouthEastNC

    forgot to say… praying for the boy’s family, his friends and team-mates and their families, the coaching staff, and everybody else hurting.

  • MG

    The story reads “but apparently his head wasn’t covered.” I assume it should read, but apparently his head wasn’t covered.

  • SouthEastNC

    For the life of me, I can’t see the difference between:

    but apparently his head wasn’t covered.
    but apparently his head wasn’t covered.

  • zenobia

    With all the deaths that have been occurring in baseball, are they going to do anything to improve safety, or do our kids have to keep dying?



  • taxpayer

    “With all the deaths that have been occurring in baseball, are they going to do anything to improve safety, or do our kids have to keep dying?”

    This young man’s death is a tragic event. However, the concussion rate in football far exceeds deaths attributed to baseball.

  • Vog46

    Go out to the family and team.
    What a terrible, freakish accident…….


  • Kathy Wilson

    Why did’nt the coach make sure he had a helment on!!! Prayers for the Family !! R.I.P for this little 6th Grader !!!

  • jj

    Pitchers don’t wear helmets.

  • Billp

    No more baseball. It is too dangerous.

  • jmm

    prayers for his family and friends…

  • Guest2020

    Prayers for the family and friends.

  • zenobia

    I wish people would quit saying this is a “freakish accident”-it happens all the time


    Keep watching the news, other children will die from the same thing.

  • reed

    …nor can I.


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