A video of a high school baseball game is making headlines for proving that sportsmanship is always more important than winning. The video shows St. Paul, Minnesota, pitcher Ty Koehn striking out the batter, Jack Kocon — and when his team erupts in celebration, Ty instead heads straight to comfort Jack.
Ty and Jack may be on opposite teams, but they’ve been close friends for years.
“I knew him from all the way back when we were 13,” Ty told Bring Me the News. “We were on the same Little League team. It was tough when we went to separate schools, but we kept in touch.”
Ty said he didn’t think twice before choosing to console Jack over celebrating with his team.
“It was more instinct; it just felt right.”
The game took place between two Twin Cities high schools on Wednesday, and it was high-stakes. The two teams were competing to move on to state championships. Still, Ty prioritizes his pals over sports.
“Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game,” Ty said. “I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated.”
Ty’s coach, Mark Downey, told the Washington Post that he wasn’t surprised by Ty’s warm-hearted actions.
“[F]rankly, I’m very fortunate to be coaching a whole team of great young men, any one of whom I wouldn’t have been surprised by doing what Ty did or similar.”
Thanks to Ty’s pitching skills, his high school, Mounds View, will move on to Minnesota’s Class AAAA tournament.
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