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Marin County teen who was injured eager to wear pitchers helmet

SCOTTS VALLEY — Gunnar Sandberg pulled Easton-Bell's prototype of a protective pitcher helmet over his high school baseball cap and immediately deemed it comfortable. His father thinks it looks cool, too.

The Sandbergs now plan to work on convincing others of the importance of such headgear for safety.

"I think any excuse not to wear it is a weak excuse," said Bjorn Sandberg, Gunnar's dad.

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary since Gunnar Sandberg sustained a life-threatening brain injury while pitching in a scrimmage for Marin Catholic High School. He got hit by a line drive traveling at 130 mph.

Doctors removed a part of Sandberg's skull to relieve brain swelling. He slowly recovered in a San Francisco rehabilitation facility after initially being placed in a medically induced coma.

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