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Salem player injured

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May 22, 2008

Leesburg - A tragic injury during a Lee County baseball game.  An out of town player broke his neck while sliding into home plate. In a Lee County- Salem High School playoff Tuesday, Salem's Jonathan Brewer slid into home plate head first. Brewer underwent surgery Thursday morning and is expected to recover, though he likely will not be able to play sports again.

Coach Rob Williams said, "I don't know any baseball coach that teaches a head first slide. We all teach feet first or bent knee or a hood slide because you're more stable that way. However, sometimes in the course of a game in the action, you know-instinct, players will go head first whether it be high school or the major leagues."

National Federation rules state that contact is supposed to be initiated below the knee during a play at any plate, but Coach Williams says the collision was simply a very unfortunate accident.

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