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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.
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.
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."