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Teen hit by softball dies

Taylor Dorman was described as a tough competitor. (Fox 5 San Diego)

(PIX11) — A California teen has died after being struck in the chest by a softball during gym class, school officials said.

According to reports, 16-year-old Taylor Dorman was hit with a ball on Wednesday during a game at Ramona High School. Officials say the sophomore  initially appeared to be fine, even cracking a joke about the incident.

“After being hit Taylor complained of his chest hurting then he collapsed,” Newman told PIX11 affiliate FOX 5 San Diego.

He reportedly collapsed 20 minutes after he was struck. The school’s coach called 911 and paramedics were quickly on the scene.

Upon arriving to the hospital, Dorman was pronounced dead.

“We had planned our lives together. We were going to play football for another two years and then join the military,” said Chris Hartness, one of Dorman’s best friends. “Now that’s all gone.”



  • Chris

    After seeing several pitchers get struck in the head I thought that the pitchers should wear batting helmets when pitching.

    • sofballforlife13

      I am in junior high, and we just had after school softball practice. I came home at 4:30 (and I always look at Yahoo news) and I saw this. You do not know how terrified I was, because I was hit in the chest by a pitching machine (going 50 mph). I was terrified that I was going to die, and I didn't know what to do. Prayers for the family

  • July

    He may have had a undiagnosed heart problem. We were extremely lucky when my 22 year old went in for a regular check up and his NEW doctor heard a problem in his heart. He had major heart surgery and is now doing very well, but his heart was a ticking time bomb-no pun intended.

    • Greg

      Also, a hard hit to the chest can disrupt the electrical activity of the heart in the strongest of people. As an anesthesiologist I have seen this in the Trauma ER many times.

    • Matt

      Because softballs were designed with the express purpose of killing and maiming as many people as possible without rethrowing.

      • Guest

        I agree with Matt. Just another way for Obama to cry for banning all things that have the potential for harming others. Government takeover…

    • Rob D

      you're an a-hole. May someone in your family die tragically so we can mock them, better yet let it be you!

      • HockeyChickTx

        First off,, poor guy, that is terrible. I'm prying for his family and friends.
        Now, that person makes a very bad joke and you respond in the same manor? no dif in my book.

    • jimmy

      Just because a few people died from it? maybe we should focus on banning things that are more likely to kill people, like alcohol.

  • Guesty

    I hear about this happening. Look at the speed at which these kids, even 8 years old are throwing the ball. If a child is hit in the chest, it can send them into cardiac arrest. Gotta be careful.

  • Scott

    All softball pitchers are encouraged to wear a mask. Some do some don't. Usually when they get hit in head they usually put a mask on. this poor boy got hit in the chest so it would not have mattered. Too bad the story doesn't tell the real story. Was the ball thrown to him? Hit to him? Was there horse play involved? Did he see the ball coming and just missed it?

  • Lynda

    What a horrible trgedy this is, no amount of protection could have stopped this. It may have been something internal that caused it. God Bless his family and friends. In my prayers.<3

  • Marsha

    Most female softball pitchers wear face mask, as do most female infielders. Sounds like this kid was playing with a real softball in a gym during PE, and may have even been standing way too close to the batter as well being as they were indoors. Those balls come off of the bats are very high speeds, it's dangerous on the field, let alone in a gym.

  • friend

    @scott..real story is kids were playing over the line. Kid hit the ball and ACCIDENTALLY hit the pitcher in the chest, pitcher made a joke about being hit was fine. Game went on for a while. 20 minutes later as they were leaving kid complained of pain and collapsed. There was no horse playing involved. Teenage kids out playing over the line for PE, imagine how the kid that hit the ball must be feeking right now? Why did this have to happen to either of them? My thoughts and prayers go out to both of these families because after this tragedy the other kid is going to need the help and support to get him out of this guilt that was not his fault just a simple accident that is going to change his life forever.

    • guest22

      Exactly. Absolutely tragic loss of life. But an accident nonetheless. I feel for the all involved and those that witnessed the passing of this child and friend. Another reason to make sure you tell your children how much you love them at every opportunity because one minute they are here and the next they are gone. It could happen to anyone. Prayers for the families.

  • Meredith Masters

    I played softball my whole life and I have never heard a teen dying from getting hit by a softball. That sucks. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of his friends

  • amartin

    Our son is required by us to wear a chest protector which is sold at sporting good stores. It protects the heart area so that if hit by a ball there, it would be less likely to be fatal. This is sad for all involved.

  • mark

    the bats are to hot to day been pitching for29 years some shaved the bats then the ball is way faster going through the infield what was fun know is very dangerous you can not react to the speed of the ball .praying

  • gayle

    To mom….I'm so very sorry about the incident, it is such a tragedy…I myself have a 16 year old son, and I too can only imagine what you and family members are going through right now, God bless every single one of you, my heart goes out to those who were close to him. May Taylor rest in peace with the Lord now watching over him. I'm sure he will be missed by many.

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