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A fast-acting father saved his sons face from certain destruction after a baseball bat flew into the stands during a preseason game in Florida.

According to reports, Shaun Cunningham took his son to the Spring Training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Cunningham’s son is a youth baseball player, but it was the first professional game he’d seen in person.

While the boy’s attention was possibly on the device he was holding, a bat slipped from the hands of  Pirates’ outfielder Danny Ortiz and into the stands.

Thank goodness his dad was paying attention, acted quickly and blocked the bat just before it would have struck his son in the face.

According to the mother, the bat still hit the boy in the shoulder, but he is okay. Meanwhile, Shaun suffered some bruising on his wrist.

Sports photojournalist Christoper Horner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review captured the action.

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