Pitcher Collapses On Field After Loss But Player From Opposing Team Shows True Sportsmanship

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

In 2016, two opposing high school baseball teams from Indianapolis — the Zionsville Eagles and Roncalli Rebels — faced off in the long-awaited championships. The announcer couldn’t help but notice the pitcher for the Eagles, Jack Pilcher, was throwing an incredible game. It was clear Jack was setting his team up for a big win.

This was also Jack’s final game of his high school career, and it was all tied up — until the very last play. The shortstop and third baseman collided when the Rebels hit a grounder toward third base… the runner beat the throw to first… and after nine impressive innings, Roncalli unexpectedly beat Zionsville 3-2.

Jack couldn’t believe his last pitch in high school ended like this. “Right when it happened, I was in shock. I just kind of collapsed by the mound, face first. You can’t feel much worse than I did. Especially being the pitcher at the end.”

The Rebels began celebrating. But the team’s catcher, Cody Smith, noticed a heartbroken Jack laying “almost lifelessly” by the mound.

Jack never expect what his opposing teammate did next.

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