Heartbreaking news has emerged out of the United States where 10-year-old Lazar LaPenna passed away after collapsing during a little league match.
LaPenna had just hit a single in his first game of the season and ran to first base. LaPenna was excited as his father, the team’s coach watched on and marked out the single in the book. He then suddenly collapsed, from what is believed to be a seizure. An ambulance was called but sadly LaPenna passed away.
He had just celebrated his 10th birthday a few days earlier.
Lazar’s father, Gregg LaPenna described the incident in an interview with WABC, “The last moment I saw was him standing on first, and he turned to me with a smile,” he told WABC. “I looked at my scorebook to mark down the hit, and I heard his brother said, ‘Lazar’s having a seizure,’ and I look down, he’s laying down on first base. When I saw his face, I knew it wasn’t another normal seizure.”
The New York Mets have left three bats outside of their clubhouse in tribute to Lazar this week. The team also put out a Twitter post in honor of the boy with the hashtag #BatsOutForLazar
“Remembering the life of 10-year-old Lazar LaPenna. We send our love and support to his family and teammates in the Long Beach/Lido Little League.” The post read.
DeMotte Little League put out the following Facebook post describing the incident and sharing their respects.
“DeMotte Little League hearts and prayers go out to Lazar LaPenna, his family, and the Long Beach/Lido Little League.
Lazar passed away this past weekend while playing in a Little League game. He had just celebrated his 10th birthday last Wednesday. Two days later, he was doing what he loved best — playing Little League baseball. He had just hit a single in his first game of the season and hustled to first base. Lazar was so excited, his father was marking his single in the book but then abruptly, Lazar collapsed, the result of what was believed to be a seizure. An ambulance was called, but Lazar died a short time later.
In coordination with youth baseball leagues across the country, we are asking all of our players to wear your DeMotte Little League jerseys on Monday, May 9th, which will represent the number Lazar will wear for eternity.
We hope you will share this and honor Lazar and his memory.