Skip to main content

Carver Co. crash ends season for college pitcher

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Two pitchers for the St. Cloud Rox, a collegiate summer league, were hospitalized after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 7 near Waconia.

The players had the day off Sunday and were on their way to visit Sawyer’s family in Waconia, according to several reports.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the car driven by Rox pitcher Dalton Sawyer, 19, attempted to cross the highway at Carver County Road 33 when it was struck by a pickup truck traveling east.

Sawyer and his passenger, fellow pitcher 18-year-old Kasey Ralston from Chaska, were hurt. The four passengers in the truck were not injured.

The Star Tribune reports Sawyer suffered a collapsed lung, broken rib and a concussion. Sawyer was in good condition Tuesday at Ridgeview Hospital, according to hospital spokesperson Sunni Hemingsen.

Ralston is in worse shape, the St. Cloud Times reported, suffering from a broken jaw, pelvis, several broken ribs, a collapsed lung and internal injuries. He's in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The St. Cloud Times says Ralston will miss the remainder of the season, but doctors say he should make a full recovery.

"He is very fortunate to be alive and have his spinal cord intact with such an injury," Ralston's CaringBridge site reads. "The good news is that the doctor thinks he will recover completely from this injury--hopefully without surgery."

Ralston, a pitcher for Indiana University, played for Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria and led the team to a state championship, FOX 9 reported. He had planned to transfer from the school.

Dalton graduated from Waconia High School and pitches for the Gophers. He just completed his freshman year at the university.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 11.43.15 AM

Deputies fatally shoot man in Wright County

Police claim the man, who had allegedly been experiencing a mental health crisis, was armed with a knife.

Ambulance hospital emergency

17-year-old killed in northern Minnesota crash Saturday

The other drive involved in the crash, a 75-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries.


Alcohol a factor as driver rolls ATV into corn field, injuring 3

The crash occurred in Lake Lillian Saturday night.

Minneapolis police

Man dies after being found shot at Minneapolis' 38th and Chicago

Responders were called to the scene early Sunday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 6.34.12 AM

7 children arrested after 'disturbance' at Cabela's, escape in stolen vehicle

Employees called police saying the children were stealing goods from the store.

Screen Shot 2022-08-06 at 6.16.49 PM

Fire sparks evacuation from apartment building, man arrested for arson

Police and fire crews responded to the fire just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Flickr - utility pole power line

Morning storms cause power outages, ensuing problems in Eagan

There have been reports of disabled traffic lights and issues at local businesses.

kim crockett facebook sos

GOP nominee questions if those with disabilities, non-English speakers should be able to vote

Crockett made the comments in a 2020 radio interview following a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court.


Jury: MN pharmacist did not violate woman's rights by refusing her morning-after pill

Gender Justice, the advocacy group that brought about the lawsuit, says it will appeal the decision.

Screen Shot 2021-10-04 at 3.03.13 PM

Revival to close its original Minneapolis restaurant

Don't worry – it's bringing the chicken to its nearby BBQ joint.