Two of Minnesota's best young baseball players were hurt a serious car crash on Sunday afternoon along Highway 7 on their way to Waconia.
FOX 9 News spoke with Duane Sawyer over the phone -- his son Dalton Sawyer was driving one of the cars, suffered a concussion and doesn't remember anything about the crash. Duane Sawyer said Dalton and teammate Kasey Ralston are teammates of the St. Cloud Rox, a minor league team, when the unthinkable happened.
First-timer Dalton Sawyer is learning the ropes of minor league play, but it's going to be a while before the Waconia, Minn. native is back on the pitcher's mound.
"It's the call that every parent dreads. It was quite a shock," Duane Sawyer told FOX 9 over the phone.
Sawyer said his son and fellow Rox pitcher Ralston were on their way to spend their first day off visiting Sawyer's family in Waconia on Sunday.
The Minnesota State Patrol said Sawyer's silver Grand Am pulled out in front of a red pickup carrying a family of four heading south on Highway 7 near New Germany, causing the truck to crash into the passenger side of Sawyer's car, sending both occupants to the hospital with serious injuries.
"Dalton is doing very well. He's stable and he's improving. He's resting comfortably. We're anxious for the day he gets to come home," Sawyer said of his son.
He just finished his freshman year at the University of Minnesota where he was also a pitcher for the Golden Gophers.
Ralston is a pitcher for Indiana University and led Holy Family High School to a state championship, finishing as a finalist for Mr. Baseball last year.
"We are praying for his friend, Kasey Ralston right now -- Kasey is in rougher shape than Dalton and he needs our prayers right now," Duane Sawyer said.
It could also be awhile before we know what caused two promising young lives to change in a single instant.
"My heart is heavy for the situation -- for the pain that these two young men are going through," Duane Sawyer said.
Sawyer is in good condition with a broken rib and collapsed lung while Ralston remains in critical but stable condition. The family of the pickup truck told FOX 9 that they were shaken up over the incident.