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BASEBALL: Surgery on the horizon for Schilling, Bishop Foley star hurler still in hospital

   | Scott Burnstein

BASEBALL: Surgery on the horizon for Schilling, Bishop Foley star hurler still in hospital

ROYAL OAK – Heading into the weekend, Madison Heights Bishop Foley all-state pitcher Garrett Schilling remains in the hospital and is scheduled for surgery to repair multiple fractures in his face after being violently struck in the cheekbone with a line drive on the mound Thursday in the Ventures' 11-0 victory at home over Macomb Lutheran North.

Schilling, a senior, is signed with Xavier and has never lost an outing on the pitching rubber in his entire career as a prepster, compiling a 36-0 mark over the past three and a quarter seasons.

He was in the midst of throwing a no-hitter when the injury occurred Thursday with two outs in the fifth inning and he was immediately taken to nearby Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to be treated.

His chances of returning to the diamond this spring are unknown, but at this moment they don't appear great. The line-drive hit Schilling square below the left eye. According to those present, the scene was severe and Schilling could not see out of the eye following the injury.

The surgery he is set to undergo will be to repair the fractured bone