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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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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