Teen baseball player dies after collision at second base

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BATH, Mich. (AP) — A teenage baseball player has died nearly two weeks after he was knocked unconscious during a collision at second base.

Cooper Gardner, a junior at Bath High School, died at home, the Lansing State Journal reported.

“I never would have thought it would lead to this,” said junior varsity coach Michael Collins.

The school said on Facebook that Cooper suffered a brain injury on April 21 during a game between Bath and Portland St. Patrick.

Cooper was trying to catch the ball and tag a runner at second base when he was struck in the head in a collision, Collins said.

A GoFundMe page described it as a “freak accident.”

“I’ve never witnessed something like that,” Collins said. “You just always read about things going wrong, but you never think it’s going to be one of your kids.”

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