High School Pitcher Consoles Friend After Striking Him Out to Win Game

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Winning feels good, especially when it means earning a coveted trip to the state baseball championship. But for one high school pitcher in Minnesota, it’s clear that friendship trumps winning. Rather than celebrate on the mound with teammates after striking out the final batter to advance to the Minnesota State Championship, he made a beeline to home plate to console the good friend he had just fanned.

The players in question are Mounds View High School pitcher Ty Koehn and Totino-Grace High batter Jack Kocon. The two have been friends since Little League, played on the same team as 13-year-olds, and have remained close friends despite attending different…

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