Kaiser Carlile was the nine-year-old bat boy who died after being struck by a bat during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kansas last week. Now his dad is speaking out against the Congress’s suspension of the bat boy and bat girl program. He doesn’t want to see other children lose out because of what happened to his son.
“This shouldn’t be taken away from any other kids, the opportunity to be able to do this. This is something I think should stick around. There might be a better way to do things, yes, but this bat boy thing is tremendous for kids and youth,” Kaiser Carlile’s dad Chad said in a recent interview with NBC News.
Kaiser Carlile was delivering a bat to a player during batter’s warm up practice when a batter accidentally hit him in the head.
Kaiser’s death was announced on the baseball team’s–the Liberal Bee Jays–Facebook page on Sunday.
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. Please keep his family and our team in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all for the support during this ordeal!
Kaiser Carlile told NBC that through the donation of his little boy’s organs, two other children’s lives have been saved.
“It’s not that hard of a decision to make when you know he is on that final thread and there’s two other kids that are going to live forever because of that,” Chad Carlile said.
— People (@people) August 5, 2015
Both the team and the community have been very supportive of Kaiser Carlile’s family since the devastating tragedy. Kaiser’s sister, Keirsie, even threw out the first pitch for the Bee Jays in Tuesday’s game in memory of her brother.
How wonderful that Kaiser Carlile’s family members have the huge-hearted attitudes they’ve shown despite this unfathomable tragedy. It’s clear that Kaiser Carlile will long live on–in the hearts of the National Baseball Congress, the Liberty Bee Jays, and the community that surrounds his grieving family members and friends.