Ruppert, Servellon help Arlington baseball top Clarkstown South

FREEDOM PLAINS – The attention afterward turned immediately to Joe Ruppert, with teammates and even spectators approaching him for photos and asking to get a look at what became, essentially, a memento from the game.

The Arlington High School junior obliged each time on Wednesday, lifting the ice pack to give everyone a glimpse of his bloody index finger.

“It was pretty disgusting,” teammate Nick Lugo said. “As the game went on, he got blood on his mask and glove.”

Ruppert’s right hand was struck by a pitch as he squared to bunt in the third inning, the ball deflecting so hard off his digit that it sailed toward the backstop. The impact left a significant cut on the side of the finger and it quickly began to swell, although Ruppert had given little indication of the pain.

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