Injured Utah little leaguer recovering from bunk bed fall, has call with coach

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A Little League World Series player who suffered a serious head injury after falling from his top bunk in the dormitories at the World Series complex has FaceTimed with his coach and is continuing to improve, the coach said Friday.

Snow Canyon, Utah manager Mark Ence said he told his 12-year-old player Easton Oliverson he loved him, and Easton said he loves the coach back.

“It was great to hear his voice,” Ence said.

Easton has been recovering in hospital since Monday’s accident. His MRI on Wednesday night was back to normal, he started walking and went to the bathroom by himself on Friday morning, Ence said.

“I’m not familiar with the recovery process from an injury like this,” Ence said. “But he is definitely improving and the family wanted to let everyone know that they are grateful for the thoughts and prayers and that they feel the prayers are working.”

Ence spoke to reporters hours before Utah, representing the mountain region, played its first game of the tournament against Tennessee of the southeast region.

With Easton’s condition improving so quickly, his father Jace will be back in the dugout to resume his role as assistant coach. Also, Easton’s brother Brogan was added to the team’s roster.

“You’re allowed to have 14 on a roster,” Ence said. “We had 13 and we were able to get Easton’s little brother Brogan to come over and be with our team, so he arrived yesterday. The family is very excited. I think it’s going to be tremendous for the family in terms of the healing process, let Brogan be there.”

The coaching staff and parents have been working to draw players’ attention to the upcoming games and enjoy the Little League World Series experience.

“As children, they recover fairly quickly. They’ve enjoyed it here and been busy,” Ence said. “It was definitely more stressful for the parents, but the kids are doing great.” Injured Utah little leaguer recovering from bunk bed fall, has call with coach

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