A viral moment from the Southwest Region Championship round of the Little League World Series has us feeling a certain way today.
Down in Waco, Texas, the team from Pearland, Texas – representing Texas East – and Tulsa, Oklahoma, were squaring off for a spot in the Little League World Series.
That’s when a pitch from Texas East pitcher Kaiden Shelton hit Isaiah Jarvis from Oklahoma right in the head. He crumpled to the ground immediately, and was visibly hurt. Shelton’s reaction showed he was extremely upset about hitting the batter.
What could have been a really bad injury turned into a life lesson for everyone and the world!
Watch this moment, where Jarvis proves sportsmanship knows no bounds.
After getting hit in the head with a pitch, this little leaguer showed a true act of sportsmanship by comforting the pitcher 🥲 pic.twitter.com/AbzXaLL5uz— ESPN (@espn) August 9, 2022
“Hey, you’re doing just great. Let’s go.” Jarvis’ words should serve as a reminder to us all about compassion and sportsmanship. Great job Isaiah!
Shelton wasn’t quite sure what to expect. He told Good Morning America that he was a little worried.
“I thought he was really hurt, but when he started walking up to me… it looked like he was better, but I thought he was going to throw a punch or something like that,” Shelton said. “He hugged me and it made me feel a lot better about myself at that moment. ‘Just throw strikes and take deep breaths.'”
As for the game itself, Oklahoma did take the lead that inning, but Texas East scored six unanswered runs to win 9-4 and move on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.