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Santa Fe baseball coach Chuck Stickler revived on field at LCS

Jordan Allen, LCS Athletic Trainer, used all of his skills to help a baseball coach from Santa Fe last night who suffered a medical emergency.  Our staff received a call from David Saliba (A.D. at Santa Fe).  He thanked us for helping his coach, and in particular Jordan for saving his life.  The Santa Fe coach is doing well.  His vitals look good but they are keeping him in the hospital to run tests.

Thanks for prayers for the coach and his family as he recovers.  (And … maybe offer a prayer of praise and thanksgiving that God placed Jordan at just the right place at just the right time—and that Jordan was ready, willing, and able to help!)

See more details from LEDGER article below:

Santa Fe baseball coach Chuck Stickler revived on field at LCS

By Bill Kemp

Posted Apr 4, 2019 at 10:43 PM Updated at 8:47 AM

Santa Fe Catholic’s assistant baseball coach fell out of the dugout and onto the field at Lakeland Christian on Thursday, unconscious and apparently not breathing. He was revived by a defibrillator shock.

LAKELAND — And just like that a tie ballgame was no longer important.

Santa Fe Catholic assistant baseball coach Chuck Stickler keeled over in the bottom of the fifth inning and fell out of the dugout and onto the field at Lakeland Christian on Thursday, unconscious and apparently not breathing. Play was immediately stopped while 911 was called and the Vikings trainer Jordan Allen rushed in and applied CPR and a defibrillator to Stickler.

Eventually, Stickler was revived a few seconds after receiving a shock from the defibrillator. He was alert and taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center by paramedics which arrived a few minutes later.

“We had just talked about it two weeks ago to make sure that everyone was up on their training in case someone fell out,” Lakeland Christian head coach Blane Fox said. “The machine said, ‘Shock,’ because he was out. I thought he was choking because he was turning blue.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Stickler. He is a tremendous coach and person,” Santa Fe head coach David Saliba said. “Our kids were a little shaken and I was very proud of them. They hung in there. I had thoughts of not finishing the game but they wanted to finish it up.”

When play was resumed, the Vikings pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Ryan Jenkins, who opened the inning with a single, eventually scored on a ground ball to third base off the bat of Canaan Bennett to give Lakeland Christian a 2-1 win in the a District 3A-4 showdown.

“Game-wise, that was our plan to try to put the ball in play and let’s see what happens,” Fox said. “It was one of those games where the game was very intense and then it meant nothing. It went to zero. We were their rival and it was interesting to see how God put his hand on it and everyone was together.”

Santa Fe right-hander Miles Thompson took the loss after going 6 1/3 innings and giving up just two runs – one earned – on four hits and two walks. He fanned 10 and his fastball was stronger as the evening progressed.

“He pitched a good ballgame. He did a great job. We just got to hit. We have been in a little bit of a hitting funk for the last two weeks. Miles has been hurt and Cory (Armstrong) has been hurt and we had a couple of injuries for two weeks and they are a vital cog of our offense, being able to get out there and hit and hit-and-run, and we haven’t been able to do that.”

Bryce McDonald went all seven innings for the Vikings, giving up just one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five while firing 80 pitches – 60 for strikes.

The win pushed Lakeland Christian – now riding a four-game winning streak – to just a half-game back in the standings behind Tampa Carrollwood Day, which beat Spring Hill Bishop McLaughlin 2-1 Thursday. Lakeland Christian (10-3, 4-1) lost to Bishop McLauglin 6-1 on March 8 – its first district loss of the season heading into Thursday’s game.