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.
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."
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
The Liberal Bee Jays kneel in prayer after their 8-0, run-rule victory late Sunday evening. The team discovered the tragic news of the passing of its 9-year-old bat boy, Kaiser Carlile, just before they played. The parents of Kaiser were in attendance and wanted the team to play - and win - for Kaiser, which they did with heavy hearts.
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.
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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