Wilmington boy, 12, dies after being hit by baseball

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – A 12-year-old in Wilmington has died after being hit by a baseball during batting practice at school.

The Wilmington Star News reported that Alex Newsome died Friday afternoon while playing baseball at Roland-Grise Middle School.

The sixth-grader died after being taken to the hospital. Officials said Newsome was pitching when he was hit in the head by a line drive earlier in the day.

He was reportedly throwing from behind a pitching screen for protection, but had leaned slightly outside the protection area.

The boy’s coach and assistant coach performed CPR until paramedics arrived, according to the paper.

Source: The Wilmington Star News

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