Valdosta Daily Times

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February 27, 2014

Wildcats’ McMillan, Whitfield injured Tuesday

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High’s baseball team kept its unbeaten start going Tuesday night in Cairo. However, the Wildcats suffered a big loss in the 12-2 victory.

In the third inning, with VHS up 6-0, center fielder Kaleb Whitfield and left fielder Jacob McMillan violently collided in the gap as they both chased a deep fly ball. Whitfield caught the ball, but both Wildcats laid still on the Jackie Robinson Field outfield as a 34-minute delay ensued while the players were taken by ambulance to Thomasville’s Archbold Hospital.

McMillan, a sophomore, lost a tooth and had a root canal Wednesday, VHS coach Bart Shuman said.

Whitfield, a junior, wasn’t as lucky. He suffered broken bones around his eye, also broke his jaw and will meet with a doctor today to find out how serious that fracture is. Shuman said there may be an additional doctor visit early next week.

“He’s up and around, and in good spirits,” Shuman said, adding that the loss of two of his starting outfielders isn’t even a concern right now.

“The disappointing thing is for them. They are both great ballplayers and great kids. We hate to see an injury of that seriousness occur. Our kids will find a way.”

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