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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Three years after being hit in the head with a bat during practice, Hutten Veatch is back playing baseball for the Rocky Mountain Oysters.

‘I CAN DO IT’

Three years after head injury, Hutten Veatch back on diamond

Three years ago, Hutten Veatch was in a wheelchair with bandages over his face, being pushed across the stage as he received his diploma at the 2012 Grand Junction High School graduation.
During a batting practice earlier that spring with the Tigers’ baseball team, a bat slipped from a teammate’s hands and struck Veatch in the head. The blow broke several bones in Veatch’s skull, caving in the right side of his face, which required reconstructive surgery. It also saddled him with a severe concussion.
The accident ended Veatch’s senior season as Grand Junction’s starting first baseman. It also derailed his plans to play college baseball.
He didn’t know if he’d ever play baseball again, and if he did, spending three years away from the game meant his route to college baseball would be far from traditional.


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