9-Year-Old Batboy Dies After Being Struck in the Head During Game

Kaiser Carlile, a batboy for the Liberal Bee Jays team, was struck by a practice swing in Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

A nine-year-old batboy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game this weekend.

Kaiser Carlile, who volunteered for the Liberal Bee Jays team, was struck by a practice swing in Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

The team's general manager, Mike Carlile, confirmed the boy's death late on Sunday night.

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, 2 August 2015

The youngster was wearing a helmet, as is mandatory, when he was accidentally hit by one of the players as he went to retrieve a bat, team president Nathan McCaffrey said. The boy took a few steps back before falling.

Home-plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, a longtime paramedic, treated Kaiser until an ambulance arrived.

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Players paid tribute to the little boy after news of his tragic death.

"Kaiser, you were a little brother I never had," Kadon Simmons wrote on Instagram. "No person or team could ask for a better bat boy."


Cale O'Donnell added on Twitter: "Pleasure being around this young man for a short time. Heaven gained an angel today. Rest in Peace Kaiser."

Kaiser was about to start the fourth grade, The Wichita Eagle reported. He was the son of a cousin of Bee Jays' general manager Mark Carlile.

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The player involved in Saturday's incident has not been identified.

The team played a game against the San Diego Waves on Sunday, winning 8-0.

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