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Lawmakers encourage enclosed dugouts

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution recommending enclosed dugouts and training for players. 

This comes just one year after Valdosta High School baseball player Colton Shaw died after being hit by a baseball while sitting in the dugout. 

The resolution encourages enclosing dugouts with netting or fences. 

VHS baseball coach Bart Shuman says this new resolution is a step in the right direction. 

"It's unfortunate that we had to learn a hard lesson, but it is definitely something that communities and parents need to get behind and try to raise the money if it's not available. It is a very dangerous area on a baseball field," explains Shuman. 

Shuman says most schools in this region already have enclosed dugouts but he hopes the trend picks up nationwide. 

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