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Softball: Facial injuries a major cause for concern

Duanesburg pitcher Erika Kenny, wearing protective headgear, pitches in a game against Galway at Duanesburg High School Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Duanesburg pitcher Erika Kenny, wearing protective headgear, pitches in a game against Galway at Duanesburg High School Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
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With the ball flying off the bat at increasingly dangerous speeds, more pitchers have become unwilling targets as they stand unprotected in the middle of high school softball infields. Only lightning-quick reactions — and a lot of luck — have prevented more injuries like those suffered by Caitlin Cooper. The Columbia High School senior, one of the top pitchers in the Suburban Council, was drilled by a line drive in a recent game at Guild­erland. ...

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