Pennsylvania Baseball Participant Fatally Struck within the Face Whereas Dismantling Unapproved Dugout

HARRISBURG, Pa.—A school baseball participant died after he was struck within the face when a makeshift dugout he was serving to to dismantle collapsed on him this week.

Angel Mercado, 19, was a center infielder who had simply accomplished his freshman season at Division II Central Penn Faculty. He was taking part in in a summer season recreation league that held its video games and practices in a park in Harrisburg.

The coach of Mercado’s workforce had constructed a makeshift dugout there out of wooden on Could 21, however metropolis officers advised him it wasn’t allowed. Mercado was amongst a gaggle of gamers dismantling the construction Monday afternoon when it unexpectedly collapsed and he was struck within the face.

Mercado suffered a traumatic head harm and was taken to a hospital, the place he died on Tuesday. The Cumberland County coroner’s workplace dominated the demise an accident.

“Nothing prison occurred right here,” metropolis spokesman Matt Maisel mentioned. “No prices will probably be filed in opposition to the coach. No prices will probably be filed in opposition to anybody. That is merely a tragedy.”

In the course of the college’s graduation ceremony on Thursday night time, some college students paid tribute to Mercado by carrying his initials and baseball jersey quantity on their commencement apparel.

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College students honor Central Penn Faculty baseball participant Angel Mercado throughout commencement by carrying his initials and workforce quantity in Summerdale, Pa., on Could 25, 2023. (Central Penn Faculty through AP)