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Holbrook Coach Dies After Being Hit by Baseball

A 50-year-old youth baseball coach from Holbrook died after he was struck in the head with a baseball during warm-ups before a game in Yaphank over the weekend.

Suffolk County police officers responded to Baseball Heaven on County Road 101, where witnesses reported Richard Becher unconscious at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Bystanders performed CPR on the victim prior to police arrival. Becher was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he died shortly later.

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating.

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