Kaiser Carlile, a 9-year-old bat boy, has passed away after being hit in the head by a swinging on-deck batter at a National Baseball Congress World Series game.
According to eyewitness Jim Parks, “[the on-deck batter] was swinging, and it hit [Carlile] in the helmet, knocked him down. He got back up, but he went right back down again,” KSNW-TV reports.
The Liberal Bee Jays, the team Carlile was the bat-boy for, released the following statement after the accident.
With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken heart, 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 all for the support during this ordeal!
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
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Carlile family.