On-Deck Batter Collapses, Dies At Youth Baseball Game

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Preliminary autopsy results are in on an

-year-old boy who collapsed and died while waiting to bat at his baseball game
on Saturday

The Cuyahoga County coroner's office sa

id that
preliminary results show
Jason Mallone (pictured, right) died of heart failure.

Witnesses at the Berea Baseball Association game sa

id that
the Berea
boy was in the on-deck circle waiting to bat when he collapsed
3:20 p.m.

He was taken to Southwest General Health Center and declared

dead, Fire Capt. Jim Clancy said.

Afternoon temperatures reached 89 in the Cleveland area.

Teammates placed balloons and a placard saying "We Love You Jason" at the backstop at Lou Groza Field, named for the Hall of Fame Browns kicker who lived in the Cleveland suburb of Berea.

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