A high school baseball team in California was in its final practice of the seasonTuesdaywhen they heard loud screeching, followed by a young girl screaming.
In the parking lot next to the baseball field of Valley High School in Elk Grove, a mother, who was dropping her daughter off for an after-school program, accidentally put her car in reverse and ran over her own child, according to baseball coach Troy Quirollo.
“We hear what sounded like a car accident and we look over and we see one car, basically bouncing up and down,” Quirollo told For The Win.
The players’ reaction was immediate. Both the JV and varsity teams sprinted to the parking lot, some even jumped over the dugout, Quirollo said.
“They didn’t even discuss what to do,” he said. “They just went out there and did it.”
Quirollo, who dialed 911 once the team reached the scene, said he figured about 10-15 players helped pick up the car. He said the back left tire was on top of the girl’s back and she was bleeding near her ears. Assistant coach James Milholland was the one who pulled the girl out from underneath.
The mother was hysterical.
“I don’t think she knew what happened until it was over,” Quirollo said.
After police and firefighters arrived, Quirollo pulled his team aside and congratulated them on saving this girl’s life. He also made it clear that if anyone wanted to talk or felt emotional, coaches and school counselors would be available.
Quirollo then dismissed the team, despite there being a game the next day.
It seemed the best way for the players to let loose and de-stress was to play baseball. The next day was the Vikings final league game of the season, and although they lost, Quirollo said it was the best game of the year.
“We played one of the best games I’ve seen our team play,” he said. “I think they bonded over what happened. They became a team and somehow, this brought them together and they played like I’ve never seen them play before.”
The Sacramento Police Department declined to comment on the girl’s condition, however she is expected to make a full recovery according to The New York Daily News. Additionally, Quirollo said he’s heard that the injuries sustained were just some scrapes, bruises and a fractured bone behind her ear — remarkable considering his team found her pinned underneath a tire.