9-year-old batboy honored at team's 1st game since his death

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Posted: Aug 05, 2015 8:10 AM
9-year-old batboy honored at team's 1st game since his death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 9-year-old batboy who died after being accidentally struck by a follow-through swing in Wichita has been honored at the baseball team's first game since his death.

Kaiser Carlile was struck Saturday by a warm-up swing by a Liberal Bee Jays player near the on-deck circle during a National Baseball Congress World Series game. Kaiser died Sunday.

Kaiser's younger sister, Keirsie, threw a ceremonial pitch before Tuesday's game against the Seattle Studs. She and her father, Chad Carlile, embraced Liberal players, who wore jerseys with Kaiser's initials.

The teams stood side by side in a moment of silence. A banner with Kaiser's initials was hung in his honor.

Commemorative baseball cards featuring Kaiser are available for a small donation. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said Kaiser would be remembered for his smile, dedication and love of baseball.