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$14.5M for boy's brain injury from metal bat

FILE 2008: Steven Domalewski, center, sits with his parents Joseph and Nancy Domalewski during an interview at their home in Wayne, N.J.AP

Louisville Slugger and Little League Baseball will pay a New Jersey boy $14.5 million to settle a lawsuit after he was left brain damaged.

Steven Domalewski was struck in the chest by a line drive that stopped his heart while he was playing in a youth baseball game in 2006.

Domalewski is now 18 and lives in Wayne.

Arlene Domalewski, the teen’s sister, told NorthJersey.com that her brother does not attend school and still receives therapy. She reportedly said he can speak in short bursts, but uses a wheelchair and cannot communicate freely.

"He knows what's going on," she told the paper. She said he watches baseball and just recently went to a Yankees game.

He was pitching in a Police Athletic League game when the batter rocketed a line drive off a metal bat. The ball slammed into his chest, just above his heart, sending him into cardiac arrest. Domalewski's brain went without oxygen for 15 to 20 minutes.

The family's lawyer says the money will ensure Domalewski is taken care of for life.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report