On April 15 Kelseyville pitcher Noah Lyndall did the nearly impossible, he notched a win and a save on the same night.
The senior right hander pitched a two-hitter in Kelseyville’s 11-1 North Central League I win against Fort Bragg to get a win.
So how did he record a save?
It happened like this: After the win, the Lyndall family, Noah’s mom, dad and two younger brothers, were traveling in two vehicles after stopping for a postgame dinner. When they were on Highway 20 near Lake Mendocino at around 9:30 p.m. they were very nearly involved in a high speed crash after being passed by three vehicles that seemed to be racing.
“Three cars, they had to be going over 80, they were flying behind us,” Lyndall said.
And then, after some jostling between the vehicles, one well and truly went flying.
“It shot up the embankment probably 35 or 40 feet, maybe even 50 feet, straight up the mountain,” Lyndall said. “Once they got to the top, the car flips, probably four flips. My mom is screaming at the top of her lungs. Halfway down, a body flies out of the car. The back rear window blew out and he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
“It was super violent,” he said. “He lands face down on the ground.”
Now comes the save portion of the story.
Lyndall, who is carrying a 4.1 grade point average over four years, wants to be a doctor. To that end, he has completed two medical education programs — one at the University of California at Berkeley and an advanced program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in two separate summers during high school.
“I got to see a live surgery which was awesome,” he said.
At Johns Hopkins he got a glimpse of emergency situations.
“We were in the trauma center in Maryland for a couple of hours. Crazy stuff,” he said.
So Lyndall knew a bit about crazy. And what happened that night seemed a little crazy.
“The part that hit me the most was when the car was actually flipping. That put a picture in my head. I’ll never forget it,” he said.
As he rushed to the 16-year-old Ukiah boy lying in the slow lane of Highway 20, Lyndall’s mom called 911 and his dad tried to slow traffic. The two other occupants of the crashed car took off running, but not before trying to drag their unconscious friend away, Lyndall said.
“Those two kids come screaming,” he said. “My reaction is, ‘Your friend is almost dead. Shut up.’ He’s asking me to take them down the hill. Then they start running down the hill.”The CHP is still investigating.
“He was mangled. He landed face down,” he said. “The car almost rolled down on top of him. The car was on its top.”
Lyndall ran to a piece of a dislodged door and dragged it to the boy to help prop him up. He then grabbed a sweatshirt. He rolled the boy onto his back and cushioned his head on the side with fewer lacerations.
At first the boy was unconscious. Lyndall was not sure he was alive. He checked both his wrist and neck until he found a faint pulse. Then the boy came to.