Ty Koehn wasn’t thinking about his teammates after he struck out the final batter in a Minnesota high school state semifinal baseball game last week. He wasn’t thinking about the opportunity to win a title either.
Instead, he was thinking about the opposing batter, Jack Kocon, and how Koehn needed to speak with him immediately following the game.
“We are very close friends,” Koehn told Bring me the News. “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. 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.”
Following the final pitch, Koehn ran right past his catcher, who wanted to celebrate and into Kocon’s arms where the two opposing players hugged and exchanged words.
This high school pitcher held off celebrating with his teammates so he could console his childhood friend instead.
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“It was more instinct, it just felt right,” Koehn said.
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