High school softball face masks on Long Island

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A growing number of high school softball players on Long Island and nationwide are choosing to wear a protective face mask to guard themselves from the serious injuries that result from getting hit in the face with a batted ball so close to home plate.

Kat Fennell, a junior pitcher at Westhampton, was
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Kat Fennell, a junior pitcher at Westhampton, was hit by a liner two years ago and suffered a concussion that sidelined her for a month. She has worn a face mask ever since and admits that her interest in softball has diminished as a result.

Sophmore and varsity softball team pitcher Haley Lomax
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Sophmore and varsity softball team pitcher Haley Lomax wears a protective face mask during a game against Connetquot High at Central Islip High School on May 9, 2017.

MacArthur High School junior Jess Budrewicz pitches for
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MacArthur High School junior Jess Budrewicz pitches for the school's softball team during a game against New Hyde Park Friday, May 12, 2017 at MacArthur in Levittown. She gladly wears a face mask when she pitches.

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Islip pitcher Julia Pastrana, who wears a protective
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Islip pitcher Julia Pastrana, who wears a protective mask during games practices her throwing on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Wing Elementary School.

Islip second baseman Giana Edwards, who wears a
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Islip second baseman Giana Edwards, who wears a protective mask during games, fields some hits on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Wing Elementary School.

Freshman and varsity softball team pitcher Autumn Chapman
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Freshman and varsity softball team pitcher Autumn Chapman wears a protective face mask during a game against Connetquot High at Central Islip High School on May 9, 2017.

Massapequa pitcher Addie Jackson went the full 8
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Massapequa pitcher Addie Jackson went the full 8 innings in the Nassau Class AA softball semifinals in Long Beach on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Massapequa evened the series 1-1 with a 7-5 win.

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