Turner Ashby's Lucas Clark "Doing Well" After Baseball Bat Strikes Head


Concussion tests came back negative and the junior outfielder rejoined the team Thursday afternoon.

Lucas Clark (pictured) is "doing well" after getting accidentally hit by a baseball bat on Wednesday night.

BRIDGEWATER (WHSV) -- Turner Ashby baseball player Lucas Clark is said to be "doing fine" according to his head coach after accidentally getting hit by a baseball bat before Wednesday night's game against Harrisonburg.

"It looked really bad earlier," Knights' head coach Sean Hanifee said. "[He] went down and we had real serious concerns about him."

The incident happened as the Knights were preparing for the game.

"We had a guy taking swings in the on-deck circle. Lucas got a little too close and walked into a back swing and took it in the forehead," Hanifee said.

An ambulance arrived minutes later at Harrisonburg High School's baseball field. Witnesses and officials said that Clark was "alert" and "conscious" as he was taken off the field. CT scans came back negative and the junior outfielder was evaluated for 24 hours for concussion symptoms.

Clark missed school but rejoined the team later Thursday to watch the Knights practice.

The Knights narrowly defeated the Blue Streaks on Wednesday night, 1-0, and the players say that Clark was on their minds as the game unfolded.

"We know we had to play for Lucas because we didn't know what was really wrong with him," senior pitcher Eric Yankey said.

"We just went out and played like we did. And I don't know, it was kind of a different atmosphere.


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