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Softball players rally in support of teammate who collapsed on field during tournament in N.C.

Kassidy Sechler collapsed on the field during a softball tournament in Hickory. Her coach rushed to her side.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 10:39 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Softball isn’t an individual sport. It takes skill, cohesion, and perseverance. Traits shown not only by these players and but those across the country in difficult times. Especially when one of their own needs help.

“I head it from a high school coach.” one player said.

The tears and the worry are real. Not knowing what’s happening but knowing there’s little you can do.

Just two years ago, Kassidy Sechler was welcomed home as a legend, being part of the 20-19 softball world championship team. The team became hometown heroes, even getting to meet then President Trump.

But this past weekend, the unthinkable happened.

Kassidy collapsed on the field during a softball tournament in Hickory. Her coach rushed to her side.

“Just felt a little winded, no more than usual we thought. She went into some tough situations, and it spiraled from there.” Brad Wilkinson told us.

Emergency workers who just happened to be at the game rushed to her aid. She was airlifted to Brenners Children’s Hospital listed in critical condition. But on Wednesday, some good news.

“She’s on a ventilator, but they did back down the pressure on the ventilator and they did add some protein in her feeding tube which is great,” Wilkinson said.

To honor this brave champion, before Wednesday night’s game between Rowan and Mint Hill, the players gathered, holding hands around the pitcher’s mound.

“We want to pray for her and make sure God intervenes in a mighty way.” the stadium announcer said.

Prayers and hopes for healing for Kassidy, as well as her family.

“Because she’s a member of our community, and a softball player like us, she means a lot to all of us.” Kary Hales told us.

To help the family, a donation jar was set up and all the proceeds for tonight’s game will go towards medical expenses for Kassidy.

“People have been very generous, very generous.”

Hopes are for raising thousands of dollars to ease the burden for a family who has more important things to worry about.

“Just find a common bond about something and find a way through it.” a coach said.

Kassidy is still listed in critical condition. Doctors say it might be that way for the next 72 hours.

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