Cougar Baseball rallies for Warren | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 7, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 7, 2017 at 10:43 am
By CINDY CROSBY
It was supposed to be just another afternoon of baseball practice for Colleton County Middle School left-handed pitcher and utility player Warren Hunter. But, as things sometimes go, Tuesday March 21 turned out not at all the way the seventh-grader intended.
During the practice, Warren was accidentally hit in his left eye when he turned toward a ball being thrown from the outfield to one of his teammates. After CCMS Baseball Coach Perry Smalls called 911 for assistance, Warren was transported to Colleton Medical Center and was airlifted to MUSC, where he was diagnosed with an orbital fracture, a tear in his iris, a hyphema (a pooling or collection of blood inside the space between the cornea and the iris) and a concussion.
“The eye specialist says Warren’s eye should heal over time,” said his dad, Brent. “He might have issues with it in the future and will need to be monitored. He has an upcoming appointment with a plastic surgeon to see whether he will need to have surgery on the fracture. Because of his concussion, the doctor has told us Warren must sit out of all sporting activity for the next six months. But, overall, his doctors feel he should make a full recovery in the next few months.”
Although Warren’s season is lost, his family believes the real story lies in how he has been treated by the Cougar Baseball family. Two days after his accident, Warren woke up from a nap to a room filled with varsity and JV Cougars. “When he woke up, he asked them how they all got there and broke down in tears of joy,” said his dad. “It really lifted his spirits. Everyone has been so supportive, including Coach Smalls who came to the hospital and stayed until Warren was airlifted and has checked on him daily.”
The Cougars didn’t come empty-handed either — bringing Warren a plastic tote filled with a baseball signed by the players, cards, candy, cash, his favorite cookies and a few gift cards. Assistant Coach Paul Pye, knowing Warren was a Clemson fan, presented him with a national championship football poster for his room.
Colleton County Head Baseball Coach Jermale Paige said it was a devastating blow to the Cougar family when Warren suffered his season-ending injury. “In the beginning, we established the principle of this program was going to be that we are a family and will be there for each other if needed,” said Paige. “The parents and the team agreed it would lift Warren’s spirits if we could do something for him. It was a total team effort from the parents and players to show Warren and his family that we are here for them and don’t want them to go through this alone.”
Warren is the son of Niki and Brent Hunter. He has played baseball since he was 3-years-old and has participated on a travel team for the past two years.