A 9-year-old bat boy has died on Sunday after being strucks in the head by a swinging bat.
Kaiser Carlile, the bat boy for the Bee Jays, was running to grab a bat after an out when he was hit in the head by a player taking practice swings.
An umpire gave Carlile first aid until an ambulance arrived. Carlile, who was wearing a helmet when hit, suffered blunt trauma to the head.
The Bee Jays, a semi-professional baseball team in Liberal, Kansas, were playing in Wichita on Saturday for the National Baseball Congress World Series. Upon urging by Carlile’s family, the team played on and won the game.
Carlile was taken to the hospital and remained in critical condition Saturday afternoon. The team received news of his death after their win.
The Liberal Bee Jays kneel in prayer after discovering the tragic news of Kaiser Carlile's passing after the game. pic.twitter.com/OEMrHXiQrU— Taylor Eldridge (@teldridge24) August 3, 2015
A GoFundMe page has been created to help Carlile’s family pay for the medical expenses.
Early Monday, National Baseball Congress General Manager Kevin Jenks released this statement:
“it's difficult to remember a day that is darker than this one. Sometimes life doesn't make sense and this accident certainly is a memorable example. Kaiser was simply doing something he loved.”
Bee Jays Player Kadon Simmons posted a memorial to Carlile on Instagram, calling him the little brother he never had.
Kaiser, you were a little brother I never had. You took the field with us every game this summer. You were, and always will be a Bee Jay. No person or team could ask for a better bat boy. It is terrible to see you leave in such a way, but knowing your last moments were on the baseball field makes it easier through this whole process, because you were doing what you loved. It hurts to see someone so young and with so much heart pass like you did, but you are now in God's hands, and being the bat boy for the angels up above. We all love you, and you will be greatly missed. R.I.P. Kaiser Carlile