WICHITA, Kan. – A 9-year-old remains in critical condition after he was struck by a bat on Saturday.
The boy, Kaiser Carlile, is a bat boy for the Bee Jay’s and was grabbing a bat off the ground when a player took a practice swing, accidentally striking Kaiser in the head, according to KSN.
Kaiser was wearing a helmet at the time and was able to stand up at first, but fell down shortly after.
EMS crews were tending to another fan when they rushed to help Kaiser.
The team was in Wichita for the NBC World Series Tournament.
The released the following statement to KSN after the incident:
As most already know, our 9 year old, precious bat boy, Kaiser Carlile was accidentally struck by a bat during the game against the San Diego Waves this afternoon. Kaiser was wearing a helmet. He has been our batboy for most of the games this summer. He was a part of the team.
An Umpire responded immediately, and the emergency personnel soon arrived. Kaiser was then taken by ambulance to the ICU at St. Francis Via Christi. The last update received described his condition as critical. The Bee Jays would like to thank the Umpire Mark Goldfeder and emergency responders for their efforts! We also appreciate everyone’s love, support, thoughts and prayers during this time.
Please continue to pray and keep Kaiser and his family in your thoughts. Information will be appropriately released as it’s made available. Please also keep the player, his family, and the rest of the team in your thoughts and prayers as everyone struggles to process and cope with this tragedy.
-Nathan McCaffrey President, Liberal Bee Jays