This is awful news.

Nine-year-old Kaiser Carlile, the bat boy for the Liberal, Kansas Bee Jays of the Jayhawk Collegiate League, has died after being struck in the head by a bat.

Carlile was retrieving a bat and was running past the on-deck circle following an out. He was wearing a helmet. Local reports say that Carlile was immediately tended to by the home plate umpire, who is a paramedic, and from EMTs who were already on site due to another, unrelated call at the stadium. It was a freak accident and, based on how quickly he was tended to, it seems like nothing could be done.


By Glenn Erby

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