A woman from New Jersey is suing a former Little League player for injuries suffered when she was struck in the face by a ball thrown by the young player in a game two years ago.
Elizabeth Lloyd, of Manchester Township, N.J., is asking for more than $150,000 in damages for medical costs, as well as an undetermined amount for pain and suffering.
Lloyd was reportedly seated at a table near the bullpen when she was struck in the face by a ball thrown by then-11-year-old catcher Matthew Migliaccio, who was warming up a pitcher at the time, during a Manchester Little League game.
“I ran over to see if she was all right,” the now-13-year-old Migliaccio told the Asbury Park Press. “She said she was OK. I was just on with warming the pitcher up, and I was not horsing around.”
A lawyer for the Migliaccio family, Anthony Pagano, called the lawsuit “frivolous” and “disgusting.”
A spokesman for Little League said players and coaches are covered by the organizations’ insurance, but not spectators that are injured.
Migliaccio’s father, Bob, told the Press that he believed the local league would help him and his son’s plight.
“I want to be clear: The litigation does not shock me. People sue people every day,” Bob Migliaccio told the Press. “What I was surprised about was the lack of answers and support from Little League. I cannot believe that they would not help out in this issue.”