A baseball stadium in Minnesota was witnessing a breath-taking high school baseball game, however it was the respectable sportsmanship practiced between childhood friends, Ty Koehn and Jack Kocon, who were playing against each other’s team, which stole the heart of the audience.
It was an intense match between the Mounds View and Totino-Grace baseball teams. The winner of the face-off game determines which team will take the Sectional Championship home. With both teams giving their best, it is hard to tell which team would win. But eventually, Mounds View rose on top as their pitcher won the game!
With overflowing happiness, the players of the winning team ran onto the field to celebrate their victory. However, Ty Koehn, the pitcher who made the victory possible, did not immediately join his teammates. Instead, Ty walked towards Totino-Grace’s Jack, the batter he had just struck out and gave him a reassuring hug.
“We are very close friends,” Ty revealed in an interview. “I knew [Jack] from all the way back when we were 13. We were on the same little league team. It was tough when we went to separate schools but we kept in touch.”
Apparently, Ty Koehn and Jack Kocon were childhood friends who happened to belong in a team playing against each other. Ty approached to give him a big hug. The childhood friends had played Little League together, and Ty knew by heart that no kind of game would ever be more important than their friendship.
“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.”
Ty did not only hug Jack but gave words of encouragement as well.
“You had a great season, you’re a great player and don’t let this situation, don’t let this outcome affect our friendship.”
Mark Downey, the baseball coach of Mounds View, admired Ty’s great sportsmanship. “He’s a tremendous competitor, but as you saw on the video, he understands there is a bigger picture and friendship really matters,”
Jack on the other hand, expressed his appreciation of the honorable gesture Ty demonstrated. According to him, it is a moment he will forever treasure.
“I was just thinking in 20 years I’m not gonna remember the score of that game. But I’m gonna remember him coming up to me after that and just kind of being there for me when I needed someone.”
True enough, no amount of trophies, medals, and conquered baseball game could ever outweigh the achievements in life that truly matters, such as establishing a true and genuine friendship!
Watch the video below that shows that despite their young age, the two high school baseball athletes are capable of the showing admirable sportsmanship, proving that they are young athletes with mature minds and a strong sense of friendship!
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