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August 3, 2015

Bat boy, 9, dies after being struck in the head by a practice swing

WICHITA, Kan. -- A 9-year-old bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, a summer league team of college players, died after being struck in the head with a bat.

Kaiser Carlile was hit with a practice swing near the on-deck circle during Saturday’s game. The boy was wearing a mandatory helmet. Witnesses say he was knocked down, got back up, and fell back down, reports. 

Home plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, who is also a paramedic, performed CPR until emergency crews arrived. Carlile was transported to Christi St. Francis hospital, where he died Sunday evening.

The National Baseball Congress World Series President Nathan McCaffrey confirmed Carlile’s death in a statement.

“With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken heart, I regretfully inform everyone that Kaiser Carlile passed away earlier this evening,” the statement said.

Carlile was a Bee Jay superfan who was loved by the players.

Carlile’s parents wanted to Bee Jays to continue playing, and they have advanced to the semifinals of the winner’s bracket, reports. The National Baseball Congress has suspended the use of bat boys or girls during the remainder of the World Series games.