WACO, Texas (AP) — A Little League batter got up from a beanbag to console the upset pitcher in a dramatic scene during a Little League regional tournament game Tuesday in Waco, Texas.
The incident happened during a South West Little League regional playoff final.
Right-hander Kaiden Shelton of Pearland, Texas, was facing slugger Isaiah Jarvis of Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday when an 0-2 pitch went wide of him and slammed into Jarvis’ helmet. Jarvis fell to the ground clutching his head as his worried coaches ran to his aid.
After a few moments, Jarvis’ head cleared enough that he could walk unaided to first base. Meanwhile, Shelton stood on the mound looking at the ground in tears over what had happened.
After a while, Jarvis walked over to the mound and wrapped his arms around Shelton, telling him, “Hey, you’re doing great. Let’s go.” Shelton’s teammates and coach gathered around the pair to join in the consolation of the young right-hander.
The gesture prompted a standing ovation. Pearland then beat Tulsa 9-4 and qualified for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, starting next week.