Illinois state Sen. Matt Murphy was hit in the left leg by a ball during the annual Illinois House and Senate softball game. (Photo courtesy www.ilga.gov)
By The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Matt Murphy has been injured in the annual softball game between the Illinois House and Senate.
The Palatine Republican was hit in the left leg by a ball during the fifth inning on Wednesday. The game at Springfield's Lincoln Park was temporarily halted as lawmakers crowded around him, helped ice his leg and talked with him.
He was taken away from the game in an ambulance as lawmakers cheered. He responded with a peace sign from the stretcher.
The annual softball game is a lawmaker tradition. The House beat the Senate 12-5.