When a player was struck in the helmet by an errant pitch during the Little League World Series Southwest Regional Championship, the moment became a lesson about grace.
Texas East pitcher Kaiden Shelton, who threw the ball that struck Oklahoma’s Isiah Jarvis’ helmet, was clearly upset about the accident. As Jarvis lay in the batter’s box, Shelton was visibly shaken by the incident. But instead of turning the moment into a shouting match, Jarvis went with a different approach.
He got up, walked to the pitcher’s mound where Shelton was standing, and comforted him.
A Little League player was hit on the head by a pitch. Afterward, he went to hug the pitcher, who was shaken up.
What a moment 🙏
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 9, 2022
Despite the pain that the player was clearly in, he still took the moment to give a hug to the pitcher who was clearly very upset by his throw. Teammates rallied around him to bring his spirits up as well, and the moment caused many in attendance to tear up.
When the Texas East coach approached the two boys on the mound, his mic was able to catch Jarvis’ encouraging words to Shelton, telling the pitcher he’s “doing great.”
Shelton was removed from the game, but his team ended up winning against Oklahoma in a 9-4 game.
“If you’re throwing hard and you just hit somebody in the head, it’s got to be a scary thing,” Jarvis told CBS News. “So, I just wanted to go over there and make sure he was all right. Make sure he knows that I’m all right. And really just encourage him.”
The good sportsmanship did not go unnoticed on social media:
Yes, that is good parenting.
— Mattman213 (@DanM13250) August 9, 2022
Pure class. They don’t teach this stuff.
— Bruce MacDonald (@OldMacBruce) August 9, 2022
Points awarded for sportsmanship, Major Leaguers need to pay attention. Points deducted for rolling the pants up over the knees.
— Tom McKinnon (@CltNC830) August 9, 2022
— Kyle.PE.Bragg (@ElemPE1) August 10, 2022
It’s still just a game. Glad these kids can teach us adults something every now and again.
— David (@politicsJunkE) August 10, 2022
I guarantee you this young man will grow up to be BIGGER than a baseball player!
— kealii Shaw (@KealiiShaw) August 9, 2022
Amazing humanity and love
— SW783 (@shadrachwhite) August 10, 2022
And they say there’s no crying in baseball.
— KerryShep (@KerryShep) August 9, 2022
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