High-schooler Ty Koehn found himself pitching against his childhood friend during a championship baseball game last Wednesday.
Koehn cinched the win for his team after striking out his friend, Jack Kocon.
Before celebrating the victory with his teammates, Koehn ran to Kocon to make sure his friend was okay.
The video of the friend’s interaction has gone viral and people are applauding Koehn for showing a true example of good sportsmanship.
In the cutthroat world of high school athletics, wins are often decided by one pivotal play. But during a high school baseball game last Wednesday, that pivotal championship winning moment came down between two childhood friends.
The standoff was between pitcher Ty Koehn of Mounds View and Jack Kocon of Totino-Grace. The two started playing baseball together back when they were 13, but on Wednesday the pair faced off against each other for a chance to take their teams to the state championship.
Koehn struck out Kocon, sealing his team’s 17-10 victory. As his teammates rushed the field to celebrate, Koehn dodged his fellow players to check in on Kocon.
This high school pitcher held off celebrating with his teammates so he could console his childhood friend instead.
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“I knew I had to say something. Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game. I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated,” Koehn told Bring Me The News.
As the video spread on social media, people quickly began celebrating Koehn and his genuine example of good sportsmanship.
Thanks for this…I was afraid humanity and good sportsmanship was losing the battle. Now, can we teach this to adults?
— Ron Whetsel (@yinzer82) June 11, 2018
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Source:: Business Insider