Little League World Series batter comforts pitcher after being hit in the head by pitch, sportsmanship provides heartwarming moment
Some things are bigger than sports.
In the first inning of the Southwest Region Championship at Little World Series, Texas East pitcher Kaiden Shelton lost the ball and hit Oklahoma batter Isaiah Jarvis in the helmet. After a short time on the ground, Jarvis got up and made his way to first base.
“Hey, you’re doing great”
Oklahoma Little Leaguer gets hit in the head then comforts the pitcher who is shaken afterwards pic.twitter.com/hYYLiy511K
— Jomboy (@jomboy_) August 9, 2022
Shelton was still visibly shaken from the blow, so much so that his coach called to meet with him. In a heartwarming move, Jarvis made his way up the hill and hugged Shelton, whispering a few words of encouragement that caught the ESPN mic.
Jarvis’ run to the mound drew a roar of applause from the crowd while praising Jarvis for his sportsmanship and offering Shelton his support in what was clearly an emotional situation. Some parents broke tears at the sight, as the show showed.
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Wasn’t easy to watch and definitely not easy to talk about… Until Isaiah (Zay) comforted Jarvis Bubs Shelton. Sportsmanship at its finest!!! https://t.co/FJTXhVKuZ8
— Danny Graves (@dgravy32) August 9, 2022
Thank goodness there are helmets.
I’ve thrown a lot of pitches in my life. Hit some guys – never in the head. Can’t imagine what that would feel like.
This goes beyond sportsmanship. It’s compassion. Tip of the hat to Isaiah Jarvis for reacting that way. https://t.co/mTQbYBrW20
– Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) August 9, 2022
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What a scary moment at the Little League World Series – followed by a great athletic show from Tulsa’s Isaiah Jarvis. This is the game at its best. (And I’m glad Isaiah is okay!) #llws #Oklahoma https://t.co/sH9OVYzZl0
— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) August 9, 2022
Amazing Sporting Moment in Little League World Series:
With 2 ons and 2 outs, Texas East pitcher Kaiden Shelton hit Oklahoma’s Isaiah Jarvis in the head with his errant fastball.
The batsman made a shot, took his base and then calmed the shaken pitcher. Wow! https://t.co/vFd1H6I9Dp
— Brian Slocum (@brianslocumwxii) August 9, 2022
Isaiah Jarvis/Tulsa, OK 🙏 Kaiden Shelton Pearland, TX https://t.co/MUgRhzxhyz
— Rob Mayeda (@RobMayeda) August 9, 2022
Texas East would win the game 9-4 and redeem their ticket to the Little League World Series. However, people will likely remember one of the purest moments of camaraderie and sportsmanship you’ll ever see come out of this game.