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An injured Utah little leaguer recovers from a fall in a bunk bed and has a call with his coach


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A Little League World Series player who suffered a serious head injury when he fell from his upper bunk in the dorms at the World Series complex has FaceTimed with his coach and continues to improve , the coach said on Friday.

Snow Canyon, Utah manager Mark Ence said he told 12-year-old Easton Oliverson he loved him and Easton said he loved the coach back.

“It was great to hear his voice,” Ence said.

Easton has been recovering in hospital since Monday’s accident. His Wednesday night MRI came back normal, he started walking and went to the bathroom on his own Friday morning, Ence said.

“I don’t know the recovery process for this type of injury,” Ence said. “But he is definitely improving and the family wanted everyone to know that they are grateful for the thoughts and prayers and feel like the prayers are working.”

Ence spoke to reporters hours before Utah, representing the Mountain Region, played its first game of the tournament against Tennessee from the Southeast Region.

With Easton’s condition improving so quickly, his father, Jace, will be back in the dugout to resume his role as assistant coach. Additionally, Easton’s brother Brogan was added to the team’s roster.

“You’re allowed to have 14 on a list,” Ence said. “We were 13 and we were able to bring in Easton’s little brother Brogan with our team, so he arrived yesterday. The family is extremely excited. I think it’s going to be huge for the family in terms of the process. healing. let Brogan be there.”

The coaching staff and parents worked to keep players focused on upcoming games and enjoy the Little League World Series experience.

“As kids, they bounce back pretty quickly. They enjoyed it here and kept busy,” Ence said. “It’s definitely been more stressful for the parents, but the kids are doing great.”

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