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Acts of Good Sportsmanship Inspire Us All

By Lucas Presson, Southeast Missourian , 06/29/18, 12:00PM CDT

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Sports teach us many lessons in life. Competition is important, but so is good sportsmanship. They are not mutually exclusive, but rather there's a "right way" to play the game.

By now you've probably read the story or watched the video of Minnesota high school pitcher Ty Koehn who struck out his friend Jack Kocon in a Class 4A, Section 5 baseball game. The pitcher and hitter have been friends for years and the strikeout ended the game, sending Koehn's team to the state tournament.

While his teammates celebrated in the middle of the field, the pitcher first went to home plate to give his friend -- distraught by the outcome -- a hug. It was a moment that showed true class and sportsmanship.