Just days after 9-year-old Kaiser Carlile died from being accidentally struck in the head with a baseball bat, his little sister has stepped up to the pitcher’s mound in his honor.
Dressed in all pink, 8-year-old Keirsie Carlile threw out the first pitch for the Liberal Bee Jays in Kansas on Tuesday in a touching tribute to her big brother, who was a bat boy for the team, WSB-TV reports.
“Go ahead, Keirsie,” the announcer said. “Throw one for Kaiser.”
The crowd stood and cheered after the little girl opened the baseball game between the Bee Jays and the Seattle Studs. She and her dad then gave the players high-fives.
The emotional tribute comes just two days after the team, of Liberal, Kansas, announced the boy s death on Sunday in a Facebook post.
Kaiser was running to bring a bat to a player after an out at a Bee Jays game on Saturday when he was struck in the head by a batter doing a warmup swing. He died later at a hospital from his injuries.
The team, which is part of a college summer league, remembered the 9-year-old at a small press conference. Players called Kaiser “their little spark plug,” according to CNN.
The little boy’s dad, Chad Carlile, said he isn’t blaming the team for his son’s death.
“There is no anger about what happened,” he said. “I don t want any blame. We need to look to the positive on it. It s just a freak accident, and you can t change it.”
Seattle Studs players also honored the boy during Tuesday’s game with “K.C.” written on their caps, The Wichita Eagle reports. They stood with the Bee Jays for the national anthem.
A batting helmet and bat were left out in the boy’s honor, according to WSB-TV, and Kaiser’s initials were added to the scoreboard.