Little League batter hugs opposing pitcher after being hit in inspiring display of sportsmanship

But Isaiah Jarvis, who had first grabbed the head, quickly recovered. He was fine, and the crowd at the Southwest Little League Area Championship in Waco, Texas cheered as he got up and took first base.

Back on the mound, however, Kaiden Shelton was still shaken. That’s when something amazing happened: Isaiah climbed out of the bag, walked over to the mound, and wrapped his arms around the pitcher, letting him know he was okay.

“I wanted to go out there and spread God’s love and make sure he’s okay, and make sure he knows I’m okay and will be okay,” Isaiah told CNN on Wednesday. morning, appearing on “New Day” alongside Kaiden.

“Hey you’re doing great,” Isaiah said in a video that caught the public’s attention as strangers around the world praised the youngster’s display of sportsmanship.

“It was like he cared,” Kaiden said when asked about Isaiah’s embrace. “I cared about him too, and it showed that baseball is sportsmanship – there’s a lot of sportsmanship in baseball.

“He has Isaiah – his heart is different for people,” he added. “He’s just a good boy.”

Isaiah has a small bruise, he said, but otherwise he feels fine. Gamers are stunned by the response to the video, trying to get a sense of the moment going viral online.

“It’s really crazy,” Isaiah said. “Like, who would’ve thought, like, a hug would go so crazy, you know? That just proves it, do nice things and you’ll be rewarded, I guess.”

As for what people should take away from their moment on the mound, Kaiden told CNN, “I think the lesson is that you should care about other people. Like if they’re down, you should just take care of them. them, try to build them up.”

In the end, it was Texas East who won the game, qualifying for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania later this month – and Isaiah will support Kaiden’s team.

“Yes, they are in the same region as us, and we are very good friends, our teams,” he said. “So we will support them until the end.”


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