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RCTC players gather to pray on the field for their teammate

RCTC baseball player collapses on field

ROCHESTER (FOX 47) -- One of the players for the RCTC Yellowjackets baseball team, Grant Ignatius, collapsed on the field late Friday afternoon during the baseball game with Hibbing and was taken by Gold Cross ambulance to a hospital.

Ignatius was in left field, and without warning suddenly staggered before collapsing into a teammate's arms.  First responders were seen giving him CPR and using a portable defibrillator on the field after he collapsed.  There was no immediate word on his condition.

KTTC NewsCenter Sports Anchor/Reporter C.J. Spang was covering the RCTC game with Hibbing, and witnessed the medical emergency, and the response. 

"It felt like forever before they took him away in the ambulance," said Spang.  Before that happened, Spang heard RCTC coach Steve Hucke tell the players that Ignatius "has a pulse."

Spang said RCTC team members had gathered a short distance away, kneeled on the field in a huddle, and prayed.  Members of the Hibbing Community College baseball team joined them.

RCTC was leading 2-0 in the top of the second inning, when Ignatius collapsed.  At that point, the game was halted.


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