MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (The Blaze/AP) -- It's a case that many will surely scoff at. A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.
Elizabeth Lloyd, the woman at the center of the incident, is seeking more than $150,000 in damages (the Asbury Park Press claims this number is actually $500,000) to cover medical costs from the Manchester Little League game two years ago. She's also seeking an undefined amount for pain and suffering.
Lloyd was sitting at a picnic table near a fenced-in bullpen when she was hit with the ball. Catcher Matthew Migliaccio was 11 years old at the time and was warming up a pitcher.
“I ran over to see if she was all right,” Matthew said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press. “She said she was OK. I was just on with warming the pitcher up, and I was not horsing around.”
Anthony Pagano, a lawyer for the Migliaccio and his family, says the lawsuit is "frivolous" and "disgusting." The Asbury Park Press explains how the family has reacted to the incident:
The incident and the lawsuit have made the family decide to step back from the league. Bob Migliaccio [Matthew's father] said he has taken a break from coaching, while his wife, Sue, has stepped down as manager of the league’s snack stand.
Matthew continues to play, his father said.
“Matthew still plays, but we want to step back because we did not want it to be uncomfortable for anyone,” Bob Migliaccio said.
Migliaccio hopes the incident does not affect his son’s love of the game.
“He never stops playing,” Migliaccio said. “Baseball is what defines him at this time.”
A Little League spokesman says their insurance doesn't cover spectators.
Lloyd's lawyer could not be reached.