Every once-in-a-while, a tragic story like this will surface and make me want to shut my laptop and cry like a baby. This has gotta be so incredibly hard on this kids family and of course the guy that hit him with the bat has to feel awful… It was an accident and it’s a shame this had to happen to this little guy.. Rest easy little buddy
Kaiser Carlile, the 9-year-old bat boy who was hit on the head by a batter taking warmup swings in the on-deck circle during a National Baseball Congress World Series game on Saturday, has died, the Liberal Bee Jays announced on their Facebook page.
According to KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kaiser was running to retrieve a bat near the on-deck circle when the on-deck batter accidentally hit him on the head with a warmup swing at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Kaiser, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Via Christi-St. Francis hospital, where he died from his injuries Sunday.
“Right before he fell, the umpire and the base player both rushed up and caught him before he hit the ground,” witness Malachi Lingg told KWCH. “They caught him and just set him on the ground and they all clustered around him quickly. It was really silent. Everybody was quiet. I think they were all really sad because it was a really small boy.”
The Bee Jays have started a GoFundMe site to help Kaiser’s family pay for his medical expenses and other needs. It had raised more than $8,000 as of early Monday morning.
The National Baseball Congress, which operates the summer tournament for college-age amateur players, released a statement via KWCH:
The National Baseball Congress has experienced tragedy many times in 84 years, however, it’s difficult to remember a day that is darker than this one. On Sunday, we lost a member of our family and it will hurt for a very long time. With heavy hearts, we send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Carlile family and Bee Jays organization. Sometimes life doesn’t make sense and this accident certainly is a memorable example. Kaiser was simply doing something he loved. He was simply doing a job most kids across America dream of having for one night or multiple summers. That’s the part that makes us all wonder “why” and while it may never be answered, now is the time to support the city of Liberal, the BJ’s organization and Kaiser’s family. The NBC and the NBC World Series looks forward to honoring Kaiser in the near future. During this tragic and emotional time, may God bless Kaiser and his baseball family.