9-Year-Old Bat Boy Accidentally Struck by Bat, Hospitalized in Critical Condition in Kansas

Kaiser was wearing a helmet.

— -- A 9-year-old bat boy for a Kansas baseball team is in critical condition after he was struck by a bat Saturday.

Kaiser Carlile, the bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays summer team in Liberal, Kansas, was accidentally struck by a bat during Saturday afternoon's game, the team's President Nathan McCaffrey said in a Facebook post. Kaiser was wearing a helmet, McCaffrey said.

Kaiser was hospitalized and remains in critical condition today, McCaffrey told ABC News via email. He was struck in the head retrieving a bat that was dropped by a player who just got a hit, McCaffrey said.

"He's still in critical condition, but hanging in there," McCaffrey said.

"He has been our batboy for most of the games this summer," McCaffrey said in the Facebook statement. "He was a part of the team."

The Liberal Bee Jays is a summer league team for college players, according to its Facebook page.

"Please continue to pray and keep Kaiser and his family in your thoughts," McCaffrey's statement said.

"Please also keep the player, his family, and the rest of the team in your thoughts and prayers as everyone struggles to process and cope with this tragedy," he added.