Home plate umpire Matt Kano was hit by a thrown bat during the third inning of the Kailua-Kaiser consolation game Friday.
The batter had started running toward first base, flung his bat back toward the dugout — roughly 15 feet — and it hit the umpire on the side of the head. It was a fly ball toward left-center and Kano had left the plate area to track the ball when he was struck. He was treated by trainers and remained standing the whole time. The player apologized to Kano.
This is the second time a Kailua player has flung a bat at head level in that direction after swinging. The first time, in the Kailua-Maui game on Wednesday night, nobody got hurt. Kano was then treated here in the press box. No blood, but swelling on the right side of his head was immediate, the trainer said. He’s talking. “The air conditioning in here feels good,” he said.
The game has been delayed as officials and the umpire crew determines what happens next. The swelling is concerning, even though he has kept the trainers laughing. Tough ump for sure. Though the bruise is higher, by his temple, Kano said it is his jaw that is having a problem. He was scheduled to work in the state semifinals tonight.
Trainers iced his injury and he will be taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.