Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor Plano East sophomore softball player Olivia Rosen poses for a portrait with her safety mask before a high school softball game at Plano East Senior High School in Plano on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. A line drive broke Rosen's nose this season. She will wear a safety mask the next time she takes the field. Facial and cranial protection has become more and more of a concern for softball, baseball and other sports in recent years.
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Forney pitcher Allie Miller is one of many area pitchers to take their place in the circle wearing a protective mask. This is one of many styles that pitchers and infielders employ to protect their faces from line drives.
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Lake Highlands third baseman Alli Brown (6) concentrates as she is ready defensively at third base as a Skyline batter fouls off a pitch during third inning action of play. Richardson ISD requires all third baseman to wear masks while playing in the field.
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Lake Highland Wildcats third baseman Alli Brown (6) flashes a smile back to the team dugout after delivering a 2-RBI triple during third inning action against Skyline. Brown and all girls softball players in UIL are required to wear approved facial protection on their helmets.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Keller's Brittney Larkin (12) is tagged out by Richland's Bailey Darracq. Larkin and all girls softball players in UIL are required to wear approved facial protection on their helmets.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Flower Mound Marcus catcher Kelly Johnson uses the hockey-style catchers mask, which is now extensively used in both softball and baseball high school ranks.
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Mansfield Legacy pitcher Kendall Potts is one of several pitchers who still does not wear a facemask.
Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP Gunnar Sandberg, a pitcher for Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif., models a prototype protective helmet for baseball pitchers at the Easton-Bell Sports Helmet Technology Center in Scotts Valley, Calif., Monday, March 7, 2011. Sandberg suffered serious head trauma after being struck by a baseball while pitching in March 2010. Pitcher protection for baseball is still being tested and several more line drive incedents have occurred at the professional level since this photograph was taken.
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer McKinney Boyd's Shane Sharkey is safe at first on a pickoff attempt from the catcher. Boys baseball players wear dual-flapped helmets but a face guard is not required.
Kye R. Lee - Staff Photographer Ursuline's Nilla Paine, left, wears the protective mask that girls lacrosse players use that offers a shield around their eyes and orbital bones. Additionally, she wears a mouth guard.
Kye R. Lee - Staff Photographer Argyle Liberty Christian soccer player Brooke Stoermer uses a padded skull wrap as part of her protective headgear.
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