The extent of the injuries to the face of Cary-Grove senior right-hander Lindsay Efflandt were not fully known Tuesday, but she does have broken bones and will be out of action indefinitely.
"There are broken bones in her face but it's still swollen and it's too early to determine the full extent of her injuries," said Cary-Grove softball coach Tammy Olson Tuesday afternoon. "She's going to be seeing some other doctors this week."
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Efflandt, a three-time Daily Herald All-Area player and the honorary co-captain of the Fox Valley all-area team in 2010 and 2011, was hit flush in the face with a line drive in the fourth inning of the Trojans' 3-1 win over Prairie Ridge on Monday. After about 15 minutes on the ground, Efflandt walked off the field under her own power and her parents took her immediately to the hospital for treatment and X-rays. She had obvious swelling to the left side of her face and her left eye.
Olson said Efflandt, a Yale recruit who is 10-0 with two no-hitters for the 11-0 Trojans this season, had a positive frame of mind Tuesday.
"Her spirits are good and she's very positive like she always is," Olson said. "We just have to wait and see. There's no way right now to tell how long she'll be out."
Efflandt is one of the most successful pitchers in area history. After Monday's win, she is 89-12 and has 755 strikeouts in her high school career.
While Efflandt recovers, the Trojans will rely on junior Lauren Stanley to take over in the circle. Stanley came in an earned the save on Monday against Prairie Ridge.
"Lauren Stanley is a reputable pitcher," Olson said. "It's unfortunate circumstances that this is the way she gets to debut but now she gets to prove who she is. I don't think our team skipped a beat (Monday). They know Lauren is a good pitcher and they know they're a good team."