A 9-year-old bat boy who was struck in the head by a batter warming up in the on-deck circle during the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas, over the weekend died of his injuries, the team announced.
Kaiser Carlile, a bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, an amateur baseball team from Kansas, was retrieving a bat when he was accidentally hit on the back of the head by a bat swung by the next batter during Saturday’s game.
Carlile, who was wearing a helmet, received medical assistance from home plate umpire Mark Goldfeder — a long-time paramedic — before being taken away in an ambulance.
The team posted an announcement on its Facebook page late Sunday reading:
With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken hear, I regretfully inform everyone that Kaiser Carlile passed away earlier this evening. Please keep his family and our team in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all the support during this ordeal!
Carlile’s father’s cousin, Mike Carlile, is the general manager of the team.
“We just lost a little, 9-year-old Bee Jay and it’s incredibly sad,” Mike Carlile told the Wichita Eagle. “No one wrote a book to tell us how to do this. We’re just dealing with it the best way we know how, and that’s to keep coming out and keep honoring Kaiser on the field.”
After both teams prayed on the field for Carlile, Liberal went on to beat San Diego in Saturday’s game. The Bee Jays also won their game Sunday over the Haysville Aviators, 8-0, after being informed of Carlile’s death. Mike Carlile said Kaiser’s parents wanted the team to continue playing — and winning. The parents attended Sunday’s game and talked with the players afterward in an emotional meeting.
“It is such an unfortunate accident and all we can do is be strong for the family,” Bee Jays manager Adam Anderson said. “That’s all they wanted us to do was go out there and play a good baseball game, and that’s what we did.”