Ben Tischner was pitching for the Webster Wolves travel team when he took a line drive in the face during a game against Brighton in July.
But what really hurt was his leg. Turns out Tischner, a sophomore at Webster Schroeder, broke his leg in multiple places while twisting to avoid the line drive.
Tischner, a Red Sox Fan, loves Mookie Betts, so his teammates gifted him a Betts All-Star Game jersey. Coach Mike Gustin, who’s friends with Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice, hooked Tischner up with a Betts autographed ball that included a personal message.
“Just getting the baseball. That was just incredible. I don’t know anybody else,” says Tischner. “If I played in another baseball league, they’d be like ‘oh, get better.’ WAA, they really went out of their way to help me and make me feel better.”
Tischner’s father sought out the hitter who nailed his son and told the traumatized young man Ben would be fine. Brighton repaid the favor a bit later.
“The Brighton team put together a gift basket for him,” Tate Tischner said. “The coach called me. There was a lot of dialogue among both teams. I think everybody realized this could happen to one of their kids. So, they reached out with a lot of concern and support.”
After spending a few days in the hospital and a few weeks in a cast, Tischner’s leg is now fully recovered. He was out of a walking boot last week.