Great moments... are born from great opportunity.
And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight…. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight. You were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. … Now go out there and take it.
~ Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 Winter Olympics U.S. gold medal hockey team.
Protective Head Gear for Pitchers
In the fall of 2011, the Mountville Indians team was among a handful of U.S teams to test a prototype of a pitching helmet manufactured by Easton-Bell Sports. Earlier, in the spring 2011 season, after an Indians pitcher was hit in the temple by a line drive, (he was hospitalized but fully recovered) Coach Sauders researched protective head gear options to protect future Indian pitchers from similar head injuries. The Easton helmet was the only available option found. Although the helmet was never made available for purchase, the Indian players had the unique opportunity to test the helmet in game situations, providing feedback to the manufacturer. The helmet was retired in 2015 due to wear and tear.
Currently, Indians pitchers use the isoBLOX® PROTECTIVE SKULL CAP™.