A frightening moment ended with a remarkable display of sportsmanship on Tuesday after an errant pitch at a Little League World Series qualifier hit a batter in the head.
The incident occurred during the first inning of the Southwest Region Championship between Texas East and Oklahoma with a spot in the LLWS at stake. With two men on and two outs, Texas East pitcher Kaiden Shelton threw an 0-2 fastball that struck Oklahoma’s Isaiah Jarvis in the head.
The pitch knocked Jarvis’ helmet off, and he immediately fell to the ground, clutching his head. Jarvis escaped injury and was eventually able to get up and take first base on his own. Meanwhile, Shelton was visibly upset about the errant pitch. He looked down at the mound in tears as Jarvis took first.
Jarvis saw that Shelton was upset and walked to the mound to console him and give him a hug.
Shelton’s teammates and a coach joined Jarvis at the mound to comfort Shelton as Jarvis spoke to the opposing pitcher.
"Hey. You’re doing just great," Jarvis told Shelton. "Let’s go."
The moment drew a standing ovation from the Waco, Texas crowd.
After play resumed, Oklahoma went on to score two more runs in the inning to take a 4-3 lead. But the Texas East team from Pearland, Texas scored six unanswered runs from there to secure a 9-4 win and advance to the LLWS in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While Jarvis’ season is over, his moment on Tuesday will stand out as one of the best of the Little League season.