Little League Batter Comforts Upset Pitcher Whose Throw Hit Him in the Head

Two young athletes displayed amazing sportsmanship at the Southwest Region Championship on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. The game determined whether a team from Pearland, Texas, or Tulsa, Oklahoma, would qualify for the Little League World Series. However, it was an unexpectedly endearing moment that stole the show.

In the first inning, Texas pitcher Kaiden Shelton accidentally threw a wild pitch that landed on the side of the Oklahoma batter Isaiah Jarvis' head. At that moment, the play stopped and the catcher and umpire immediately checked on the batter to make sure he was okay. Thanks to the protection of his helmet, Jarvis was unharmed and was able to take his position at first base. (When a batter is hit by a pitched ball without swinging at it, they automatically advance to first base.)

As Jarvis was settling in at the base, however, he noticed that the pitcher was visibly shaken up. Shelton, who was so distraught at hitting the other player, was struggling to keep it together. So, Jarvis walked to the mound and offered him a hug. “Hey, you're doing just great,” Jarvis was heard saying. Shelton nodded and was clearly fighting tears, but he seemed to appreciate the kind gesture.

Soon more players and the Texas coach joined in so they could comfort him. It was a beautiful exchange of empathy between two young players on opposite teams, demonstrating that there is more to a game than just winning.

Little league pitcher Kaiden Shelton accidentally threw a ball that hit the batter at the plate.

Little League Baseball Players Share Touching Moment

Afterward, Shelton was clearly shaken up, feeling guilty that he might have hurt the other player.

Little League Baseball Players Share Touching Moment

However, Isaiah Jarvis, the batter, was wearing a helmet and left unharmed.

Little League Baseball Players Share Touching Moment

So, when Jarvis noticed the pitcher was shaken up, he walked to the mound and offered Shelton a hug.

Little League Baseball Players Share Touching Moment

h/t: [Upworthy, HuffPost]

All images via ESPN.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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