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Senator struck by wild throw

State Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite was back at work Wednesday, one day after being knocked down and briefly unconscious by a wildly thrown baseball at a youth game.

"It was scary for a minute to kind of go blank," Brown-Waite said Wednesday.

Brown-Waite, who recently announced plans to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, attended the game at the new Anderson Snow Sports Complex to throw out the first pitch at a Dixie League championship game between 11- and 12-year-old boys.

After performing these duties, she said, she was standing near the field talking with Tax Collector Juanita Sikes. She was then struck by a ball, which was thrown by a boy warming up outside the foul lines.

"I didn't see the boy or the ball," she said.

She was taken by ambulance to Spring Hill Regional Hospital, where she was checked for signs of a concussion and released after the doctor found none.

"She said she lost consciousness for about 2 or 3 seconds and was feeling some minor pain on the left side of her body," a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report stated.

She has a black eye, she said, but no other lingering problems. On Wednesday, she said, she felt well enough to travel to Tampa to attend a speaking engagement.

"I'm on the road right now," she said.

She said she was pleased by the response of the boy's father.

"He was right there talking to me when it happened. The refreshing part was to see a parent immediately step forward and take responsibility," she said.

She was also impressed with the boy's arm.

"He's got such a powerful pitch, I'm going to bet he'll end up in the major leagues," she said.

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