KAU Kings catcher Eric Duerr was seriously injured in a violent play at the plate during Wednesday night’s World Series game with Panama in Bangor, Me.
In the top of the 7th inning with Panama leading, 4-2, KAU rightfielder Drew Jarmuz uncorked a throw to home plate in an attempt to stop a Panama player from scoring. The throw beat the runner, but Duerr was kneed in the head.
He held on to the ball for the final out of the inning. But he was unable to get up after the play.
As Duerr was on the ground being treated by paramedica, KAU coaches quizzed players whether they should continue the game.
“We asked the team if they wanted to continue on, and they said yes because they know who much this means to Eric,” said Coach Mike Pechin. “The coaches wouldn’t have blamed them if they said they wanted to leave.”
While Duerr was being treated, the players on the Panama team took infield practice.
Duerr was taken off the field in a stretcher to a nearby hospital. His father, Kings’ manager Todd Duerr, and his mother Susan, traveled with him in the ambulance.
“We realize that we’re up here to play baseball, but now the game is secondary,” Pechin said. “The bosy are just devastated for him.”
Duerr will not be available to play in Friday’s semifinal game.