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High School Pitcher Consoles Friend After Striking Him Out

High School Pitcher Consoles Friend After Striking Him Out
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By    |   Tuesday, 12 June 2018 01:04 PM

A high school pitcher rushed to console his friend after striking him out in a playoff game in Minnesota while the rest of his teammates stormed onto the field to celebrate their advance to the state championship.

The importance of the section championship game weighed heavily on the shoulders of Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn but as soon as he delivered the game-winning strikeout on Wednesday, he jogged off the mound to embrace Totino-Grace batter Jack Kocon, Fox News reported.

The two have been friends for several years and played on the same little league team before having to go their separate ways in high school while staying in touch.

Speaking about Wednesday's game, which saw Mounds View defeat Totino-Grace 17-10, Koehn said he knew it was either "going to keep going or it was going to end right there," according to Bring Me The News.

"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," he said.

Mounds View coach Mark Downey praised Koehn's empathy.

"Ty's actions the other night do not surprise me and are reflective of what I might expect from any one of the players on the team," he told Bring Me The News. "All really great kids, just a joy to be around on a daily basis."

Good sportsmanship at a grass-roots level is inspirational to see, especially considering how some professional athletes have acted in recent months.

Karolina Pliskova was a prime example when she vented her frustration on the umpire's chair with her racket after her loss to Maria Sakkari in the Italian Open in Rome last month.

Once the match ended, Pliskova shook hands with her opponent but when it came time for her to acknowledge the umpire, she instead raised her racket and slammed it into the umpire's chair at least twice before walking off the court.

In another incident, Canadian women’s hockey player Jocelyne Larocque removed her silver medal seconds after it was put around her neck on the podium during the medal ceremony following the Canadian team’s loss to the Americans in the Winter Olympics in February.

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A high school pitcher consoled a friend he struck out in a baseball playoff game in Minnesota while the rest of his teammates stormed onto the field to celebrate their advance to the state championship.
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