JUPITER — A high school baseball player from Texas was flown to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach this morning following a collision with a teammate during a tournament game at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
The player - identified as Conner Fikes - collided with teammate Jarad Wilson, 18, during a game as both tried to catch a pop fly.
Wilson walked away with a broken nose, but Fikes remained unconscious on the field for about 15 to 20 minutes before the Trauma Hawk helicopter arrived, said Brad Clement, vice president for development with Perfect Game USA, the event's organizers.
When Fikes would not rise up, organizers and parents called 911. When ambulances arrived and Fikes had still not regained consciousness, the decision was made to call in Trauma Hawk, Clement said. The helicopter landed on the outer playing field at the complex where the game was being played.
The extent of Fikes' injuries was not immediately clear, but his high school coach, Paul Carmon, said he has regained consciousness.
Fikes and Wilson, who play for the Dallas Tigers baseball club, had come with their team to Jupiter for the World Wood Bat Association's 2011 World Championship. Clement said 85 high school-aged travel baseball teams from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are competing in the four-day event that started Thursday.
The 6-foot 1, 165-pound Fikes is a senior at Rowlett High School in the northeastern Dallas suburb of Rowlett, Texas, according to his profile on Perfect Game's website.
The Dallas Tigers were down 4-3 to the Baseball U baseball club of New England when Fikes and Wilson collided, Wilson said.
After the collision, the teams decided to end the game early. Clement said the Tigers are supposed to play another game later today, but it is unclear if they will. Play will continue on that field later today.
Clement said it's common to see two players go after the same ball, but it's uncommon "that there will be a collision of this magnitude," he said.