Patin back at home
The line drive caused bleeding in the sophomore’s brain and he spent several days in the hospital, but returned home last Wednesday.
“He’s doing better,” said Thorndale Athletic Director Brent Brevard.
While he was pitching, he was struck approximately an inch above his right ear and the ball ricocheted off his head and rolled into the opponent’s dugout.
The Bulldogs were facing Weimar in the first game in the area round of the playoffs. They lost the series in three games.
Patin was taken to the hospital in LaGrange where it was discovered he had bleeding in his brain and he suffered seizures.
He was transferred to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he had numbness on the left side of his body and had vomited numerous times.
“ There was no way he could get out of the way,” Thorndale Coach Kelly Kuhl said. “I’ve seen pitchers get hit in the foot, the leg. Devin’s first instinct was to look for the ball.”
Patin left the game after the incident and watched the game from the Thorndale dugout and shook hands with Weimar players after the Bulldogs’ loss.
Patin has been advised by doctors not to return to school for the remainder of the school year which ends May 31.