When childhood friends played against each other on opposing teams at a recent Minnesota high school baseball playoff game, pitcher Ty Koehnstuck out his buddy Jack Kocon. It won the game for Koehn’s team, allowing them to advance to the state tournament. And when his fellow players ran onto the field to celebrate their win, he went in the opposite direction.
The pitcher headed towards his friend and gave Kocon a big hug and some words of encouragement. The boys had played little league together growing up and Koehn knew their friendship was more important. “It just felt like the right thing to do,” he says.
And for Kocon, it was a moment he’ll always remember. “I as just thinking in 20 years I’m not gonna remember the score of that game,” he says. “But I’m gonna remember him coming up to me after that and just kind of being there for me when I needed someone.”