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.
“Just to see him fall, that’s what crushes you”, he said.
Kaiser was serving as a batboy for the Bee Jays, a team from Liberal, Kansas, competing in the National Baseball Congress World Series, which consists of teams from 15 amateur and semi-professional leagues in the United States and Canada.
The Bee Jays manager notes that the umpire behind the home-plate, Mark Goldfeder, was a “Godsend” for the critically injured boy in the moments until the ambulance could arrive. “He was a part of the team”, McCaffrey said in a statement. He was struck in the head, retrieving a bat that was dropped by a player who just got a hit, McCaffrey said. “He got back up, but he went right back down again”. Luckily emergency crews were close by, already helping Janice Van Dyke, who was having a dizzy spell.
Sunday, the team’s Facebook page posted: “Hey fans, the situation with Kaiser this morning is very much the same as it was last night: Still in critical condition, but hanging in there”.
The Bee Jays went on to win the emotional game over the San Diego Waves 12-5 in 13 innings. We also appreciate everyone’s love, support, thoughts and prayers during this time.
There has also been an outpouring of support for Kaiser on social media.
From Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening, an approximate 24-hour stretch was filled with tears and prayers for both Kaiser’s blood family and his baseball family.