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High school baseball player dies after on-field collision

(NBC) - A Georgia family is in a state of grief after losing their 15-year-old son to a freak accident on the baseball diamond.

At their St. Mary's, GA, home Sunday the Cohn's shared stories about their son Andrew they lost Saturday. Some stories made them laugh, others made them cry.

On Saturday, Andrew's team, the Camden County Riverdogs, played the Jacksonville Hitmen at Dinsmore Park in Jacksonville. Around 2 p.m., Andrew was playing first base and went to catch the ball when Andrew and the other runner collided.   

"It was the kind of collision we've seen before. We've seen worse. I believe it just caught him in the wrong place," said Harold Cohn, Andrew's father. 

"I just thought he had the wind knocked out of him.  He was on his hands and knees for a moment and then rolled onto his side," explained Cohn. 

After the collisio,n Harold ran to his son but when he got to his side 30 seconds later, he was unconscious.

Andrew was rushed to the hospital and later died from internal injuries. 

"We just didn't see that [kind of hit] having that result. We never would've believed that it would've caused that. So that was the tough part about it," Cohn said.

Cohn described his son as someone other people liked to be around.

"He was engaging. He was loving life. He was very sensitive to people around him," Cohn said.

He added that people of all ages liked to be with Andrew because he made them feel special.

"Just the other day, here's this 15-year-old kid walking from the bus stop and he's kind of like the ice cream man because kids of all ages would flock to him," Cohn said with a smile.

Andrew's father says the impact of the collision may have affected his son's heart, but he's not sure.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

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