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Zach Walker: Mound of health issues to an ace for Medway High, Franklin Legion

Zach Walker of Franklin Legion Post 75 warmed up during a game against Westwood Legion last week. His record this summer  is a perfect 4-0, and his ERA is 1.70.
Zach Walker of Franklin Legion Post 75 warmed up during a game against Westwood Legion last week. His record this summer is a perfect 4-0, and his ERA is 1.70.Credit: Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

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Zach Walker rattled off each injury, steadily, defiantly, like a survivor.

“Contusion on both frontal lobes of the brain,” he started.

“Traumatic brain injury — bleeding of the brain. Fractured pelvis. Broken rib. Contusion of the lung. Ruptured bladder. Shattered left wrist.”

Those injuries were the result a snowboarding accident during the winter of his sophomore year at Medway High. Now, two years later, having overcome a medically induced coma and a lengthy recovery, he has developed into one of the most dominant right-handed pitchers in the state.

Walker threw no-hitters in back-to-back starts for Medway this spring, part of a sparkling stretch that included six shutouts in a row. The senior righthander was the Tri-Valley League’s MVP award and was named a Globe All-Scholastic.

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