The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will now require high school softball pitchers, first basemen and third basemen to wear face protection.
Union County pitcher Evyn Hendrickson was struck in the face by a line drive last April while not wearing protection.
Hendrickson became a vocal advocate for requiring face masks.
She is thrilled by the new rule, saying, “I believe I had a huge role in it. The fact that it happened brought a lot of light to the injury and that it is possible. It’s just a lot safer, and I feel like the game’s going to be a lot more enjoyable without having incidents like that happening, you know, every so often.”
Kentucky is the first state to require face protection in high school softball.
(This story was originally published on July 19, 2017)