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Texas Teen Hit by Bat Leaves Hospital

June 27, 2003

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ A 15-year-old girl who was hurt when a baseball bat flew into the stands during a Texas Rangers game was released from a Dallas hospital Friday afternoon.

John Spence his daughter, Elizabeth Spence, was released from Baylor Medical Center after sustaining a fractured skull and blood clotting on the brain. She required more than 20 stitches.

He said doctors have restricted the teenager’s activity for the remainder of the summer.

Another young fan who was hit by the bat, 4-year-old Sean Haynes, was treated at the hospital and released Wednesday night. He received about six stitches, his father said.

The two were injured Wednesday when a bat swung by Texas outfielder Carl Everett slipped out of his hands and went into the stands.

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes while medical personnel attended to the spectators. Everett swung and missed at a pitch from Oakland’s Aaron Harang in the bottom of the second inning.

When the bat left his hand, Everett winced and watched as the bat hit the two, who were sitting only a few rows behind Rangers owner Tom Hicks.

The Rangers said the two have been invited to attend a July 5 game for free.

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