‘Fearless’ Zeeland baseball player recovering from head injury

Ottawa County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan teenager is in the hospital recovering from a serious head injury he received from a weekend baseball game in Ann Arbor.

On Facebook, Camden Keatley’s father posted that his son is making progress in the intensive care unit.

Keatley, a Zeeland West High School junior, was pitching for the Michigan Bulls, a traveling team, on Sunday when a batted ball hit his head.

Adam Locker, Keatley’s high school coach, had a hard time watching the clip of the injury.

“He loves every aspect of competing in baseball,” Locker said.

The immediate gasps from the crowd that are heard in the video emphasize the shock of the incident, but Locker focused on something he said highlights Camden Keatley’s personality.

“He gets hit, he sits down, he gathers himself, and jumps right back up looking to play on,” Locker said.

Locker has worked with Keatley since middle school and visited the family at the Ann Arbor hospital on Monday.

He said he’s always had a fearless nature.

“His kind of bulldog fearless approach is something that’s made him a really good teammate, but has also made him a really good baseball player,” said the Zeeland West coach.

Camden Keatley’s father, Justin Keatley, has posted updates on Facebook.

He’s mentioned his son’s headaches, vomiting, neurologist appointments and possible upcoming surgeries.

The shocking video quickly made its way to Jim Abbott, Keatley’s longtime trainer at Elite Baseball and Softball Training in Wyoming.

“Definitely hit him hard,” Abbott said. “It did not look pretty or sound pretty, but we wish Cam the best of luck.”

Abbott said the video shows Keatley did everything right from a pitching standpoint.

“Nothing really gets to the kid. I don’t think this is going to get to him either. I think he’s going to bounce back,” Abbott told 24 Hour News 8.

Abbott and Locker see this as only a small bump in the road.

“You wonder, ‘How does a kid respond to this type of an injury?’ And with Camden, I would imagine fearlessly,” Locker said.

In an update posted by Justin Keatley Tuesday evening, he wrote that medical teams expect Camden to move from the ICU to the general hospital soon.

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