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Thomson's Dent breaks jaw

It may be a little hard to understand Clay Dent.

The Thomson High School senior center fielder was struck in the face by a pitch early in a recent game against Hephzibah High, leaving him with a broken jaw.

After being struck by the pitch, Dent regained his composure and trotted down to first base where he began spitting out blood and appeared to be in pain.

"By the way Clay was grabbing the side of his head I thought he may have busted an ear drum," said Debbie Dent, Clay's mother and long-time Thomson Middle science teacher. "However, when I saw him spitting out blood on first base, I knew something was seriously wrong."

After getting checked out, Dent wanted to return, and he played the remainder of the game not knowing his jaw was broken.

Dent will have his jaw wired closed for 4-5 weeks and will be able to finish his senior year of baseball at Thomson High with a protective headgear.

"Sure it hurt, but I just had to play," said Dent.

Web posted on Thursday, May 4, 2006

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