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BASEBALL: Schilling hurt badly, Bishop Foley all-state pitcher struck in the face, hospitalized

By: Scott Burnstein, April 25, 2014, 8:00 am

MADISON HEIGHTS – The state’s most prolific pitcher is in the hospital after suffering a facial injury in his trip to the hill on Thursday.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley senior hurler Garrett Schilling, undefeated through almost three and a half years as a prepster, took a line-drive to the face late Thursday afternoon in the Ventures’ home game against Macomb Lutheran North.

He was admitted to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to be treated and was held overnight.

The extent and severity of Schilling’s injury is unknown to the public at this point.

Social media was abuzz with Tweets and Facebook posts from well-wishers Thursday evening following news of the injury breaking.

Signed with Xavier, Schilling, a crafty and sharp-minded righty, is 36-0 in his high school career and has won three state-title rings pitching for Bishop Foley. The past two seasons, he’s been a first-team all-state pick out of Division 3. His command, control and composure on the mound are all exceptional, drawing raves from opposing coaches and scouts alike.

Bishop Foley endured its first loss on the diamond for the 2014 campaign Tuesday, falling to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 7-6 with Schilling playing second base.

The Ventures (12-1) are ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 3, according to the most recent poll released earlier this week. Before last spring, no prep baseball team in MHSAA history had ever 3-peated. Schilling was the winning pitcher in the state championship game last year (12-5 victory over Grandville Calvin Christian).

Back in the fall, he played on Bishop Foley’s football team that qualified for the playoffs and lost in the Division 7 district finals.