Twelve-year-old dies from brain injury after being hit by softball

Updated: July 25, 2007, 5:48 PM ET
Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A 12-year-old softball player was knocked unconscious when a ball hit her in the head during practice, and she died a day later, police and family said.

Margaret Ruth "Maggie" Hilbrands was hit by a ground ball during a routine infield drill on Monday -- a day after the death of a minor league baseball coach who was struck by a line drive in Arkansas. The Grand Rapids girl died Tuesday at DeVos Children's Hospital.

"She missed the ball. It appears ...

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