More than 100 sick after high school baseball banquet in TX

Posted at 11:11 AM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 11:11:28-04

ROUND ROCK, TX (KXAN/CNN) - More than 100 people are sick after attending a banquet for a high school baseball team. 

Health officials are investigating as the team tries to get ready for a playoff game.  

"My phone is blowing up right now. I can feel my phone vibrating," Round Rock Dragons baseball coach John Carter said.

Carter said it's been nonstop calls and texts from students and parents saying they're seriously ill since Monday night.

"And then this morning about 5 a.m., I got four or five more. And before I know it I've got 15 people saying they're sick and getting a call from my starting pitcher tomorrow night saying he's home sick, and I said this is not a coincidence. Ssomething's not right here," Carter said.

By the end of the day, that number has grown to at least 114.

"It's been an interesting day, to say the least," he said.

Players, two assistant coaches and other guests are complaining of vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and body aches after the banquet Monday night.

It was catered by La Margarita of Round Rock and the food was served at The Milestone, an event center in Georgetown.

The health district is investigating to see whether it was food poisoning that made everyone so ill.

The team went to the state playoffs last year, and as they hope to make it back, doing well in Thursday's game is crucial.

Carter says some junior varsity players will likely step in, and some who got sick but have been recovering may still play.

"They're going to give it their best stuff, but I'm not going to let them do it to where it could be a health issue for them," he said.

He said it's a lesson in perseverance and teamwork.

"We want to try and take as much emphasis off this and worrying about this and be where our feet are and play the game the way we're capable of playing," Carter said.

Health officials said it could take some time to pin down the culprit. 

Representatives from both the restaurant and event center said they're cooperating with the investigation. 

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