An Indiana boy has died after being hit by a baseball during practice.
He was a little boy, with big brown eyes, who thought about baseball 27/4.
Dylan Williams, 8, had already played 31 games on the Union City All-Star Team this year. His life came to a tragic end Tuesday night. He was playing first base when a baseball hit his neck.
“He just fell to the ground,” said Erick Williams, Dylan’s father, as he wiped away tears. “I even yelled at him to get up.”
Dylan’s father, one of the coaches on the team, ran over while another dad tried CPR. Dylan was taken to a Winchester Hospital before being airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. He was taken off life-support Wednesday night.
Doctors told the family it was an extremely rare circumstance. They don’t know how Dylan went into cardiac arrest.
“They’re at a loss,” said Georgiana Williams, Dylan’s mother. “They didn’t know how to explain it to us. They didn’t know. They did CAT scans on where the ball hit him. Nothing. No injuries.”
After Dylan passed, the family made the decision to donate his organs. They know that’s what Dylan wanted.
“[We did that] to help little kids so other families don’t have to go through what we did,” said Georgiana.
Union City and the youth baseball community are trying to help as much as they can. Dylan’s music teacher has set up a fund to raise money for either scholarships or a campaign aimed at putting up defibrillators in baseball fields.
“[We want to] maybe make sure coaches are trained in CPR because I couldn’t help him,” said Erick.
Dylan’s family says it is the only way to honor him.
“He’s a hero and he always will be a hero,” said Erick. “No one will ever forget him. We’ll make sure of that.”
If you would like to help out in honor of Dylan, you can make a donation at the Pacesetter Bank in Union City: 200 W. Oak St., Union City, IN 47390
You can also make a donation to the DylanWilliamsAlwaysAnAllStar foundation. Tax #46-3224201