One High School Baseball Player Showed Some Things Are More Important Than Winning

"I knew I had to say something."

A high school baseball player in Minnesota is earning praise for his sportsman-like reaction to securing a victory for his team. During a recent sectional championship, Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn struck out Totino-Grace batter Jack Kocon to win the game. But instead of joining his fellow teammates to celebrate, Koehn ran in a different direction.

The pitcher hurried over to console the opposing team's batter, who happens to be his friend. While his teammates embraced on the field, Koehn and Kocon hugged on home plate. The Mounds View player told local site Bring Me the News why he did it.

"We are very close friends," he explained. "I knew him 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."

"I knew the game was going to keep going or it was going to end right there," Koehn continued. "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."

It's certainly not the first time young athletes have demonstrated what sportsmanship is all about. In 2016, members of Barcelona's youth soccer team comforted crying players from the Japanese team Omiya Ardija after defeating them in an International Under-12 match. 

Then last year, an Iowa teen forfeited a wrestling victory to honor his intended opponent who had recently died, crossing to the bleachers to hug the late wrestler's mother. It goes to show that Ty Koehn was right — some things are more important than winning.

(H/T: SBNation)

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