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Wednesday, May 14 2014 08:53 AM

Coach Olofson recovering after being hit in head with baseball

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Tehachapi High baseball coach Chris Olofson was struck in the head by a line drive during Tuesday's Division III playoff game and was taken to Kern Medical Center.

Tehachapi High School baseball coach Chris Olofson remains hospitalized at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield after being struck in the head by a line drive during Tuesday's Division III playoff game between the Warriors and Highland.

Nikki Quiroga, Olfson's fiance, told the Tehachapi News Wednesday morning that the coach's condition is stable.

"He has a fractured skull and some bleeding in the brain," she said. "The newest CT scan done this morning showed a little more bleeding but not enough to warrant surgery. He has some facial fractures. Doctors are just going to monitor him for now."

Lisa Gilbert, superintendent of schools for Tehachapi Unified School District, said she went to visit Olofson in the hospital this morning. She said he was awake and alert and able to converse.

"One of his first concerns was whether or not the boys won the game, and then expressing his disappointment that he will not make it to the game in Fresno," she said. "He is very grateful for all of the love, support and prayers from everyone."

Gilbert said a support team of school psychologists and counselors is available for students, some of whom learned about the accident when they returned to school this morning.

Gilbert said there has been an outpouring of support for Coach “Oly,” who is a much-loved teacher. Most of his team, their families, staff and his friends and family packed the emergency room last night, she said.

"Our understanding is that he has a fractured skull and bleeding from the brain," she noted. "It is a very serious injury and doctors have indicated that these first 24 hours are the most critical."

The accident occurred in the bottom of the fourth inning in a play-off game between the Warriors and Highland in Tehachapi. The team elected to finish the game, beating Highland 10-5. The Warriors will advance in the play-offs tomorrow with a game at Hoover High School in Fresno.

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