You just never want to see something like this. During a Texas-Alabama NCAA softball game, Longhorns pitcher Miranda Elish was drilled in the face with a ball after her catcher attempted to throw to second base in the top of the second inning.
The Crimson Tide made sure to show some respect after the incident.
T2nd | Scary scene as Texas pitcher Miranda Elish goes down after being struck in the face. Team trainers and doctors attending to her in the circle.— Alabama Softball (@AlabamaSB) May 25, 2019
Not initially knowing the full extent of the sustained injury, it looked like a relatively severe blow. An ambulance was called to the stadium, where Elish was presumably motored to a nearby hospital on a stretcher.
An ambulance pulled up to the Alabama softball stadium for Texas pitcher Miranda Elish. She just left on a stretcher. pic.twitter.com/sMVHWjsjp7— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) May 25, 2019
Elish, a transfer to Texas this year, has been an important part of the Longhorns' 45-15 regular season, good for the ninth seed in the SEC tournament as they take on the 55-17, eighth-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide. Nonetheless, the result of the game now seems secondary to Elish's health.
Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for a talented young woman.