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Oswego Boy Dies After Baseball Accident in Wheaton

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Updated at 2:30 p.m. Friday

A 12-year-old Oswego boy has died from injuries suffered Wednesday while playing baseball for the Oswego Panthers 12U Orange traveling team.

According to Kristine Liptrot, District 308 director of communications, Eric Lederman was playing with the team in Wheaton when he was struck in the neck with a ball during warmups. He was a sixth-grader at .

Wheaton Fire Department Deputy Chief Bill Schultz confirmed paramedics were called to Atten Park at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday for an emergency. He refused to comment further on the call, saying only that Eric was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

From there, Liptrot said he was taken by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he died. According to a spokesman with the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, Eric was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m. Thursday.

"This is a tragedy that affects the entire District 308 family," Liptrot said. "Not only was he a student at Thompson, but many of his teammates were students at our other junior highs."

Eric was remembered by his coach Brian Zacker as someone who played the game with passion.

“He was an inspiration to his teammates, coaches, and baseball family,” he said. "He played with an infectious smile and played the game with tremendous passion and heart."

Eric also knew how to lighten the mood after a loss, Zacker said.

"He was also the comedian of the team," he said "Whether we lost 2-1 or 20-1, he would always say something in our post game huddle that would make us laugh. He brought a tremendous amount of joy, passion, and love to his team, coaches, and baseball family and we will never forget him."

According to a statement from District 308, Thompson staff remembered Eric as a boy with "character and a wonderful sense of humor." He also was a member of the wrestling team who was always willing to help out, staff said.

"His caring attitude towards his peers, quick wit and dedication to teamwork are things that will be remembered about him at Thompson Junior High," the release said.

Liptrot said counselors and social workers are available at Thompson to aid children and adults who may need it.

District 308 Friday afternoon about Eric's death, saying he had "great character and a wonderful sense of humor."

Information on funeral services for Eric will be announced on the the Oswego Panther baseball website at oswegobsa.org.

The Oswego Baseball and Softball Association, in conjunction with Oswego Youth Tackle Football, has set up a memorial fund. Monetary donations can be made to the fund at Allied First Bank, 3201 Orchard Road, Oswego, IL 60543. Make donations payable to "Eric Lederman Memorial Fund."

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bob April 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
this is so sad.....to all the players, Friends, And especially family, i'll be praying for you. may god help you though this tough time & bless you over time. my condolences go to all who are greving for Eric Lederman.
Chris Reber April 13, 2012 at 09:50 PM
My heart and prayers go out to the Lederman family and friends, teammates, classmates. It is easy to see the community has been affected deeply....may the family take solace in knowing the great impact their son had on so many.
Cindy Brewer April 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Just reading your post made me cry..God Bless them and your Family ..It was such a horrible thing that happened .
Matthew Luce April 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I had written a big long letter on the patch and if you could see it, you would know how much you ment to everyone. Even people that didnt know you all the way to Bednarcik. RIP Eric. My prayers go out to you, your family, and the troubled ones, and that young man who threw the pitch. Im sure you were a very great kid and you will be one in heaven. We will always remember you. RIP Eric Lederman April 12th, 2012
Matthew Luce April 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Everyone just wants one last goodbye. <l3. I just heard you on the news :(
Jim Smith April 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM
"Rethinking my son's entry into sports." This was a freak accident and injury. You can't keep your kid locked up in the house forever. Overall, the positive aspects of playing sports often outweigh the negatives. Step back and look at the overall situation. Remember Rachel Barton, the violinist who lost her left leg at age 20 to a Metra train? Does that mean no one should take up an instrument and become passionate about classical music?
Helen Fischer April 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM
My heart breaks for both families...the Lederman's; and the poor little boy who was pitching the ball. I just can't imagine what he will go through as well. Hopefully, both families will be able to find healing with time.
Helen Fischer April 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM
My heart breaks for both families...the Lederman's; and the poor little boy who was pitching the ball. I just can't imagine what he will go through as well. From what I've heard, it was a freak accident. I hope he can come to realize this isn't his fault. Hopefully, both families will be able to find healing with time.
Ann Brennan April 13, 2012 at 11:53 PM
My heart aches for the family and friends. It is so difficult to lose someone so young. May his memory live in those hearts he affected always.
Denise Stillman April 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Thinking about and praying for the Lederman's tonight as my 11yo son is out on a baseball field in Plainfield playing tonight. God bless his young soul and his family. My heart grieves for them.
Kim Petry April 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, teammates.. God bless
Crystal Rutherford April 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Such a tragic event! My thoughts and prayers go out to The Lederman family, friends, teachers, and coaches.
Matthew Luce April 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I feel the same for the poor little boy and the Ledermans
O&F's mom April 14, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I am so sorry to hear of this freak accident ....nothing can explain it - my daughter attended Fox Chase with Eric as well as Thompson and I know so many will miss him. Prayers and strength to all he impacted, especially his family.
Richard Saunders April 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
A horrible loss and a tragic accident. Heartfelt thoughts from our family to his and to all of his classmates, friends and teammates.
Rose April 14, 2012 at 02:20 AM
A horrible freak accident. My thoughts and prayers go out to Eric's family and friends. I pray for the boy who threw the ball, I hope he understands this is not his fault. May he and the Lederman family have the strength to get through this terrible accident. RIP Eric!
Josie King April 14, 2012 at 03:20 AM
You all are in so many thoughts and prayers. Please know that we will continue to pray for years to come. I am so sorry for your loss.
KKD April 14, 2012 at 04:25 AM
I wish the family strength during this very difficult time. God Bless you and your entire family. My son played football with Eric....I was very touched when my son came home and said his last conversation with Eric was this past Tuesday and he and Eric parted by saying "see ya" it turly touches me and it has touched my son and my entire family. We never know when the words that we say to something might be out last...My son has said that Eric was a great person and a very nice friend...Eric will be truly missed...R.I.P
Vance April 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Nice Plug
mom23 April 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
My heart is breaking for him, his family & friends. Sending thoughts & prayers out to them. I know they have a fund set up, and don't know if Thompson is already planning on doing this or not, but they should set up a Thompson Culver's night fundraiser for the family. It's always a great turn out and really helps the families financially, and to know so many care and want to help. Just a thought.
Sarah April 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lederman family. My son played baseball with Eric and felt he was truly a great friend. He will be missed by all who knew him! It is such a tragedy at such a young age playing a sport he loved. God definitely has another angel.
The Best Family April 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Our deepest sympathys go out to your family. Though we did not know Eric, he sounds like he was a very special boy. We feel much sadness and pain for your loss and have shed many tears over this tragedy. I pray for God to bring your family comfort and peace. God Bless.
OYTF Coach April 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
On behalf of the OYTF coaches-thank you all for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.Pls. continue to do so for his siblings as well as the family of the child who was pitching.Great kid.#23 Panther Football
Endriukaitis Family April 15, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to Eric's family and friends. Prayers go out. Were very sorry for your loss.
Brandon April 15, 2012 at 04:40 AM
R.I.P Eric you will be missed and i love how abc7 news changed the story and didnt show any respect, they showed the wrong field and made it seem like he got hit on purpose by his team mate and made it seem like it happened before the game.
Brenda Palomo April 16, 2012 at 04:38 AM
My heart goes out to the lederman family. Eric played football with my son and he will be in our prayers! I know we all wish we knew exactly what to say to make this easier on the family. Unfortunately we all know those perfect words don't exist but know that he was loved by many and will be missed.
TE April 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
My son who plays for the U11 Panthers came home and with tears in his eyes said he personally didn't know Eric but he felt like family. I gave him a big hug and told him Eric was family because he was a Panther. This has turned our Panther world upside down. The Panthers have their own personal angel in heaven looking down on our boys.
Beth Krane April 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and for Eric. May this journey bring you closer together, and his memory bring smiles.
faith mcdonald April 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM
It has been a hole year since the accedent and we all have been doing so much better but im scared to walk into school friday<3
Mark Wells April 13, 2013 at 08:19 AM
What a terrible tragedy, I'm so sorry for the boy's family.

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