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Mountain View pitcher will continue recovery from head injury at home

Mountain View pitcher Riley Harrison unleashes a pitch against Bonneville during the first round of the 2018 5A baseball state tournament at Borah High.
Mountain View pitcher Riley Harrison unleashes a pitch against Bonneville during the first round of the 2018 5A baseball state tournament at Borah High. kjones@idahostatesman.com

Mountain View High senior Riley Harrison was released from Saint Alphonsus on Sunday and is at home recovering from the head injury he sustained while pitching for the Mavericks baseball team last week.

Harrison suffered a fractured skull when he took a direct hit to the head from a batted ball during Game 2 of the District 3 championship series on May 8 at Rocky Mountain High. He was admitted to the intensive care unit to monitor brain bleeding and swelling.

There is no timetable for Harrison’s recovery, but he is beginning to remember bits and pieces of the incident, Mountain View Athletic Director Luke Wolf said.

“The good news is he’s home,” Wolf said Tuesday. “But we can’t snap our fingers and he’s better. These things take time.”

Support from around the state — and beyond — has poured in for Harrison and his family. A GoFundMe account was set up last week with an initial goal to raise $10,000. The fund had $10,969 as of Tuesday afternoon with contributions from 151 people. Another fundraiser at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Meridian raised about $2,500.

The Mountain View baseball and softball teams, which swept the district titles last week, will wear hats stitched with Harrison’s No. 9 during state competition. The baseball team opens against Madison at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Stadium. The softball team’s first game is against Rigby at 10 a.m. MT on Friday at Post Falls High.

“His family wants to thank everyone who has reached out and sent their prayers his way,” Wolf said last week. “Keep them coming. They seem to be working.”

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