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Bat Boy Dies Tragically After Ball Game

It's every parents' nightmare that harm will come to their child, especially when their child is doing something they love. But that fear became reality for a Kansas family over the weekend when a 9-year-old bat boy died after he was accidentally struck in the head with a bat, as reported by NBC News.

"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 Liberal Bee Jays, an amateur baseball team, announced on Facebook.

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Nine-year-old Carlile had been in critical condition since being struck in the head by a bat while wearing a helmet during a game against the San Diego Waves in Wichita Saturday afternoon. Carlile was running to bring a bat to a player after an out when he was struck by another player taking a practice swing.

"The bat boy retrieved the other bat and he just ran right by him, and he was swinging, and it hit him in the helmet," a witness told NBC affiliate KSNW.

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An umpire started giving first aid until first responders arrived. A photo posted online showed Bee Jays players huddled in prayer after learning the news of Carlile's death. He has been the team's bat boy for most of the season.

In a statement released early Monday, National Baseball Congress General Manager Kevin Jenks said: "It's difficult to remember a day that is darker than this one. Sometimes life doesn't make sense and this accident certainly is a memorable example. Kaiser was simply doing something he loved."

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