Such an emotional moment for one family in Kansas. A young girl honored her older brother Kaiser Carlile, 9, who sadly passed away after being struck in the head by a bat. She knew he loved baseball and took to the pitcher’s mound to throw out the first pitch.
Kiercy Carlile, 7, the little sister of Kaiser Carlile, 9, threw the first pitch at the Liberal Bee Jays’ home game against the Seattle Studs on Aug 4. Her older brother sadly died on Aug 2, after being hit in the head with a bat during a baseball game.
It was the first game back at home for the Liberal Bee Jays, since the horrible incident. Kaiser, who was the batboy for the team, was fatally injured during their game on Aug 1. He was accidentally struck by a practice swing when a player was warming up.
So, what better way to honor the young boy, than to have his little sister throw out the first pitch. The team had Kiercy throw out their first pitch in front of a packed stadium. So amazing.
During a press conference prior to the game, the team’s pitcher Kadon Simmons, cried as he stated, “It’s amazing how much someone can touch your life in such a short time and how big of an influence someone can make.”
“Those games since the incident have been filled with emotions,” Bee Jays head coach Adam Anderson told the Daily News after the game. “Kaiser’s family has been there both times, and seeing the family there for these games is such a strong show of support.”
Kaiser Carlile’s dad and sister before last night’s game. So many emotions looking at this. Bless this family pic.twitter.com/HaqcVGHZn2
— Jenn Bates (@KWCHJenn) August 5, 2015
A banner was hung in his honor at Wichita’s Lawrence-Dumont Stadium — the same place that he was struck at. For more pictures of the game, click here! There is a GoFundMe page set up to help the Kaiser’s family to raise money for the medical expenses and assist the family with other needs. Click to donate here.
Our thoughts remain with Kaiser’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Brittany King