Glen Burnie baseball coach Bruce Sider is in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after being struck in the head by a line drive in pre-game batting practice yesterday at Southern-Anne Arundel.
"Bruce was pitching about 6 feet in front of the mound, and grooved one to the batter and the kid [Keith Volkman] smoked it, and it hit him right above the ear," said umpire John Beard.
"He went straight down. It was a solid thud, was scary."
Beard said that Sider got up after a few minutes and was helped over to a fence on the sidelines.
"Everybody took off running for Mr. Sider when he got hit," said sophomore pitcher Jay Sponaugle.
While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, Sider "grabbed his ear and doubled over," according to Beard.
"The paramedics were going to take him to the hospital in the [Anne Arundel] county, but when he started bleeding from his ear and nose, they called for a state police chopper," said Beard.
A state police helicopter flew Sider to shock trauma, where a spokesman said Sider "would be kept overnight for observation."
Sider's mother, Lilly Sider, said he was removed from intensive care.
"His hearing was impaired and he wasn't rational," she said. "We won't know more until the morning when we get the results of the tests."
Sider, an associate scout with the Kansas City Royals and a physical education teacher, is in his 14th season as baseball coach and is also the school's wrestling coach.