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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.

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