GoFundMe Page Set Up for Family of Nine-Year-Old Bat Boy Killed by Bat During Minor League Baseball Game
On Saturday, a nine-year-old bat boy named Kaiser Carlile was struck in the head by a bat while working a National Baseball Congress World Series game for the Liberal (Kansas) Bee Jays of the Jayhawks Collegiate League.
On Sunday, the team passed along the heartbreaking news that little Kaiser has passed away.
According to witnesses, Kaiser got too close to a player in the on-deck circle and was struck in the head by a practice swing.
Home plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, a firefighter-paramedic from Tarpon Springs, Florida, tended to the boy until the local paramedics arrived at the scene.
“I didn’t see the actual incident happen,” Goldfeder told USA Today. “What I did hear was the contact of the hit and then I heard him hit the ground. I turned around, saw him on the ground. He got up and was holding his shoulder, took a few steps and then collapsed. Obviously at that point I recognized there was a more serious problem than just being hit potentially in the shoulder.”
The player whose bat struck Kaiser has not been named. Given the incredible grief he must be dealing with, the last thing he needs is to be pestered by members of the media.
For Bee Jays general manager Mike Carlile, this tragedy is a family matter. Kaiser was his cousin’s son.
“We just lost a little, 9-year-old Bee Jay and it’s incredibly sad,” he told The Wichita Eagle. “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.”
The other Bee Jays players, who are all college kids, have been hit pretty hard by the tragedy, too.
The Liberal Bee Jays kneel in prayer after discovering the tragic news of Kaiser Carlile’s passing after the game. pic.twitter.com/OEMrHXiQrU
— Taylor Eldridge (@teldridge24) August 3, 2015
Heaven’s baseball team just gained the best bat boy ever. He was always able to put a smile on every single one of our faces. RIP Kaiser.
— Lee Busto (@leebaldo) August 3, 2015
— Brittany Glas (@BrittanyGlasKSN) August 3, 2015
With the blessing of Kaiser’s family, the Bee Jays decided to honor Kaiser by playing their game on Sunday. They won, advancing to the semifinals of the NBC World Series.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Kaiser’s family with medical bills and funeral costs. At time of writing, it has raised $97,662 of it’s $100,000 goal in just one day. Click here if you’d like to contribute.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]