Baker soccer player knocked unconscious by ball

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A Baker High School soccer player was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital after being struck by a soccer ball Tuesday evening.

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Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM.

BAKER — A Baker High School sophomore was injured during Tuesday night's soccer match against Bozeman.

According to another player, Connor Bartlett was struck in the face by a soccer ball. School officials confirmed Connor was knocked out by the blow.

When he lost consciousness, local EMTs chose to have Connor transported by helicopter ambulance to Pensacola where he is being treated at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Soccer coach Edwin Baptiste said Connor's mother informed him the student regained consciousness during the flight.

She said a CT scan was performed on her son upon arrival at Sacred Heart and another was scheduled to be performed Wednesday morning, Baptiste said.

Connor is a popular student, Baptiste said, and is a promising player on the Gator soccer squad.

"He's a good kid and it's his first year playing the game," Baptiste said. "He is developing very nicely as a player."

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