Arizona Sen. Katie Hobbs breaks leg in House-Senate softball game

PHOENIX - An Arizona state senator who planned to run in the Boston Marathon later this month was on crutches Thursday at the Capitol after breaking her leg in the annual House-Senate softball game.

Democratic Sen. Katie Hobbs of Phoenix says the fractured tibia will likely keep her out of the April 21 race. Hobbs hit an infield single in Wednesday evening's game but hit first base oddly while beating out the throw.

"She hit it on the first pitch, she made it to base, she ran fast, but then she hit the base wrong and that was that," said Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma.

Republican Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu, a physician, assisted her, and other team members helped her off the field. She has a fracture in the top of the shin bone and said she will need to be seen by an orthopedist to get a full prognosis.

"They carried her off, a couple of guys, and Dr. Ward looked at her and they wrapped her up," Senate President Andy Biggs said. "And she thought she might have hyperextended it. As much as it must have hurt, she braved it very well."

She was sad about missing the marathon, but she still plans to travel to Boston with friends and watch them compete.

The Senate lost to the House by a score of 15-5.

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