9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Hit In The Head

Jessica Renae Buxbaum
A 9-year-old bat boy has died on Sunday after being struck in the head by a player practicing swings. The boy suffered blunt trauma to the head.

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. 


With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken heart, I regretfully inform everyone that...

Posted by Liberal Bee Jays on  Sunday, August 2, 2015

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.

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.

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