WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s approaching the one-year mark since the Liberal Bee Jays lost 9-year old Kaiser Carlile, the batboy who was accidentally hit in the head and killed by a bat swung by a Liberal player during an NBC World Series game.
The Bee Jays returned to Wichita this week to compete in the 2016 NBC World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Kaiser’s memory was felt with commemorative shirts, signs and helmets throughout the stadium as Liberal took on the Laurel Black Cats.
In the top of the first inning, Liberal slugger Cale O’Donnell stepped up with two men aboard and crushed a three-run homer over the wall in left field to help set the tone in a 15-1 opening night win for the Bee Jays.
Looking ahead, NBC World Series Tournament Director Kevin Jenks told KSN, “August 2nd, Tuesday night, I think will be a special evening for us at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, it’s the one year anniversary of Kaiser Carlisle passing away. Donate Life Kansas, which encourages people to donate organs, they’re our partner, our sponsor that night.” Jenks added, “The Bee Jays will be playing that evening and we’re going to honor Kaiser and his family and we anticipate Wichita will come back and support the Bee Jays and the community of Liberal and the Carlisle family.”
There will reportedly be additional people in attendance that will add to the overall “specialness” of the event.
The tribute will happen right before the feature 7 p.m. game on August 2nd at Lawrence-Dumont.