Nash County Boy Home After Wild Pitch Nearly Killed Him

An 11-year-old Nash County boy nearly killed by a wild pitch as he sat outside a baseball dugout has returned home after nearly a month in the hospital.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports a crowd of roughly 100 people welcomed Lee Winstead home Friday. The sixth-grader was struck by a baseball while sitting on a five-gallon bucket at Grover Lucas Park. The resulting blood clot in his brain required an operation to relieve swelling. He was in intensive care for two weeks.

People lined the driveway of his home carrying posters and waving pompoms. A fire truck was parked out front, and a local pizza restaurant delivered pizza for all.

Lee's 19-year-old sister Jessica Smith says her brother's vision is still blurred, but he can walk and talk again.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    I'm glad to see this boy is recovering well. That's a scary moment to deal with.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    Thanks, WITN for cleaning up this comments' section :-)I'm sure Lee's family appreciates it and so do I. . .
  • by scarlett on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    best wishes for a speedy recovery dearie!!
  • by laura Location: greenville on Oct 24, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    I almost got beamed by a foul ball last season. One more step, and my eggs would have been scrambled. It's scary that these things can happen, but it's so incredibly rare that the benefits of team play and exercise outweigh the risks.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Oct 24, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    Lee, it is good to hear you are recovering and back home. Best wishes and may your recovery be quick.
  • by MICHELLE Location: ENC on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    Welcome home, Lee!
  • by tom Location: greenville on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    Welcome home!!!!!! Get well soon.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    As a parent of a son who plays football and baseball this scares me to know that things like this happen while I"m a nurse and know that it can happen you just don't think about it happening to your child. It makes me want to make him stop playing sports they are becoming more serious with injuries these days. I pray for this child and his family that he return to his best soon and may you find fun in ball another day. BEST WISHES for a great and full recovery little one.
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      by Sam on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to
      I'm glad the boy is doing well and wish him the best. I know you have your opinion you sometimes want to take your kid out of sports. They only get to be a kid up to 18 years old before they are in the real world. I believe in letting them have fun and enjoy it while they are young.
  • by Craig Location: G-Vegas on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    I would like to hear more details. It sounds like WITN got this all wrong. A wild pitch??? The dug outs are over 50 ft away from home plate? If it was a pitch, that would have to be intentional. Was it a foul ball off the bat? That makes more sense. I am so glad this young man is ok. He should use his experience to inform others about the dangers involved and the use of helmets outside of dugouts. WITN get it right.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:29 PM
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      by story on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:37 AM in reply to
      the team was warming up BEFORE the game started. Another little boy was throwing the ball and on a wild THROW/PITCH (call it what you want) the ball hit Winstead in the head. A FREAK ACCIDENT. Have you never gotten accidently hurt?
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