Boom! Headshot! Hey champ, the glove works much better when you catch the ball in it. Poor kid learned the hard way that pitching is one of the more dangerous positions in sports. For little league pitchers it's especially scary since the batter is launching line drives at your face from only 46-feet away — with aluminum bats.
Pitcher Braydon Salzman and the rest of the squad from Huntington, California, were taking on Cumberland, Rhode Island, Friday at the Little League World Series. In the third inning, a batter hit a comebacker that smashed 13-year-old Salazar in the face. Luckily the hat brim took some of the impact, but the youngster fell to the ground in pain. Thankfully there wasn't a more severe injury and Salazar was a trooper, got up, dusted himself off, and finished the inning with a strikeout.
Salazar's coach, Jeff Pratto, added more insult to injury when he joked, "It was supposed to be a curveball, but I think he threw the No. 5 ... the pancake."
Salazar and Huntington Beach ended up having the last laugh by beating up on R.I., 11-0.