WICHITA – A 9-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas.
The Wichita Eagle says that the general manager of the Liberal Bee Jays team, Mike Carlile, confirmed late on Sunday the death of Kaiser Carlile.
The boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle on Saturday afternoon.
A spokesman for the National Baseball Congress says the child was wearing a helmet, which is mandatory.
Home-plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, who is a longtime paramedic, treated the boy until an ambulance arrived.
Kaiser’s family arrived in Wichita and was in attendance for Liberal’s game on Sunday night. Players were aware of Kaiser’s death before the game, according to manager Adam Anderson, and followed with a run-rule, seven-inning 8-0 victory over the Haysville Aviators.
“We just lost a little, 9-year-old Bee Jay and it’s incredibly sad,” Mike Carlile said. “No one wrote us a book to tell us how to do this. We’re just dealing with it the best way we know how and that’s to keep coming out and keep honoring Kaiser on the field.”
Carlile said that the parents of Kaiser wanted the Bee Jays to continue playing — and winning — in the National Baseball Congress World Series. The victory on Sunday advanced Liberal to the semifinals of the winner’s bracket.
“It is such an unfortunate accident and all we can do is be strong for the family,” Liberal manager Adam Anderson said. “That’s all they wanted us to do was go out there and play a good baseball game and that’s what we did.”