This is so sad.
A nine-year-old baseball lover, Kaiser Carlile, was working as a bat boy for his local baseball team in Kansas when the worst kind of tragedy struck this past weekend.
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Kaiser was running to get a bat between pitches for his beloved Liberal Bee Jays when the next batter coming to the plate didn't see him, and accidentally hit him in the head with a bat during a warmup swing.
Carlile was immediately attended to — the home plate umpire coincidentally had EMS training — and was later rushed to the hospital, but it wasn't meant to be, and the nine-year-old passed away on Sunday night.
A witness to the event, Malachi Lingg, told reporters what happened:
"Right before he fell, the umpire and the base player both rushed up and caught him before he hit the ground. 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 National Baseball Congress, which was running the amateur college-level tournament in which the Bee Jays were playing, released a statement on the tragedy, too:
"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."
The Bee Jays — who had to keep playing in the end-of-year tournament they had worked for all season — were torn up by the tragedy, as well:
To think of such a young child on a field with a bunch of college players, looking up to the guys and doing what he loves, only for this to happen… our thoughts go out to Kaiser's family, friends, and teammates on the Bee Jays during this unimaginable ordeal.
[Image via Liberal Bee Jays/Facebook.]
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