Missouri university to financially help boy hit by baseball

JOPLIN, Mo. — Officials at Missouri Southern State University are working to help cover medical expenses for the family of a 7-year-old boy who was severely injured watching a baseball game.

Dawson Hirshey

The Joplin Globe reports that Dawson Hirshey of Diamond was struck in the head by a line-drive foul ball on Friday while sitting in the stands at Joe Becker Stadium.

University spokeswoman Cassie Mathes says Dawson was immediately taken to a Joplin hospital and later transferred to a children's hospital in Kansas City, where he underwent brain surgery. She says the boy's mother is a university employee.

University administrators also plan to visit the family at the hospital.

Mathes says the school wants to find the best way to financially support the family.

The Missouri Southern State and Southwest Baptist baseball teams came together to pray for Dawson before their game on Saturday.

The Missouri Southern State and Southwest Baptist baseball teams came together to pray for Dawson before their game on Saturday.