Seventh-Grade Girl Dies A Day Following Head Injury from a Softball

Grand Rapids softball player Margaret Ruth “Maggie” Hilbrands, 12,  was hit during a routine infield drill on Monday and died the following day at DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Margaret Ruth missed catching the ball and the ball apparently hit her in a vulnerable spot. Her heart temporarily stopped on impact of the softball and she never regained consciousness,  Rescuers performed CPR at the scene.

The tragedy occurred during a practice with teammates on the Lowell Xtreme traveling softball team in Grand Rapids, Michigan.