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Heartbreaking moment a bat boy (9) was held by baseball player after being fatally hit by practice swing

Published 05/08/2015 | 09:01

Nine-year-old bat boy Kaiser is seen being hugged by Liberal Bee Jays outfielder Gavin Wehby in Kansas on Saturday - just seconds after he was struck. Credit; AP
Nine-year-old bat boy Kaiser is seen being hugged by Liberal Bee Jays outfielder Gavin Wehby in Kansas on Saturday - just seconds after he was struck. Credit; AP

The world of baseball continues to mourn the tragic death of nine-year-old bat boy Kaiser Carlile who was accidentally struck by a practice swing during a game at the weekend.

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Liberal Bee Jays outfielder Gavin Wehby can be seen clutching the child after the incident during the National baseball Congress World Series over the weekend in Wichita.

Carlile was wearing a helmet when the incident occurred but was hit in an area that was unprotected, according to reports.

The National Baseball Congress announced Monday it would not use batboys and bargirls for the remainder of the World Series games.

Kaiser Carlile’s dad Chad Carlile told USA today: “He was competitive, but in the same breath, he cared about everyone.

“That’s what it is, it’s the love that he had for the game.”

Addressing Kaiser's family at a press event, pitcher Kadon Simmons wept: "It's amazing how much someone can touch your life in such a short time and how big of an influence someone can make."

A GoFundMe page (above) has been set up by the Bee Jays. It aims to raise $100,000 to 'defer medical expenses' and 'assist Kaiser's family with other needs' - and has already surpassed its target.

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