“It was dark blood,” says Rocco DeMaro, “scary blood.” And it was running down the left side of his head after the WPGB-FM (104.7) sportscaster was hit by an errant softball at a game in Robinson Township on July 1.

DeMaro, who hosts the “Extra Innings” Pirates post-game show, was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, where doctors told him he had five skull fractures, a concussion and a punctured ear drum. Maybe scariest of all for a broadcaster, he also had suffered damage to the part of the brain that controls speech communication — meaning he had a hard time speaking and writing.

The outpouring of support from the station and the Pirates has been overwhelming, says DeMaro, 29, who is making a miraculous recovery and hopes to return to work Sept. 1.

Joe Starkey had details in the Tribune-Review.