Fan struck by bat ex­pected to sur­vive

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY KEN POW­TAK — As­so­ci­ated Press

BOS­TON — A fan hit by a bro­ken bat at Fen­way Park is ex­pected to sur­vive af­ter suf­fer­ing life-threat­en­ing in­juries dur­ing a game be­tween the Oak­land Ath­let­ics and Bos­ton Red Sox on Fri­day night.

Of­fi­cer Rachel McGuire said Satur­day that the woman is re­cov­er­ing.

Tonya Car­pen­ter was struck in the head by the bro­ken bat of Oak­land’s Brett Lawrie. Car­pen­ter is in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, her fam­ily said in a state­ment.

“Tonya’s fam­ily and loved ones are grate­ful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers but are re­quest­ing pri­vacy at this time as Tonya re­cov­ers,” Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Med­i­cal Cen­ter said in a state­ment.

Car­pen­ter had posted a Face­book photo from the game ear­lier in the evening. A long­time friend, Sheila Hokhan­son of Charl­ton, Mass., liked the post and said Car­pen­ter was there with her son and a friend.

“They were just go­ing to a game,” Hokhan­son said in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

There was a mo­ment of re­flec­tion for Car­pen­ter at Fen­way Park be­fore Satur­day’s game be­tween the A’s and Red Sox. Lawrie was out of the lineup, but Manager Bob Melvin said it was be­cause of a back is­sue, not be­cause of any psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Fri­day night’s game was halted in the sec­ond in­ning as emer­gency crews tended to a blood­ied Car­pen­ter and wheeled her off the field on a stretcher.

Lawrie broke his bat on a grounder, and part of it hur­tled a few rows into the seats be­tween the back­stop and Oak­land’s dugout on the third base side.

AlexMerlis, of Brook­line, Mass., said he was sit­ting in the row be­hind Car­pen­ter.

“It was vi­o­lent,” he said of the im­pact to her fore­head and top of her head. “She bled a lot. A lot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any­thing like that.”

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