- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man is dead after he was hit in the head by a baseball while pitching batting practice to his 12-year-old son’s team.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1uVVjGi ) that the accident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a youth sports complex in Yaphank.

Fifty-year-old Richard Becher was hit by a ball off the bat of one of the players.

Becher’s brother-in-law, John Bree, tells Newsday that Becher was hit in the head and dropped to the ground.

Becher was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he died.

Bree said Becher was throwing from behind an L-screen, which is designed to protect a pitcher during batting practice.

Officials with the sports complex were arranging counseling for any coaches or children who requested it.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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