Did this Little Leaguer just prove that children are too soft nowadays?

With a trip to Williamsport on the line, Kaiden Shelton of Pearland, Texas worked the inside of the plate with some high heat because Isaiah Jarvis of Tulsa, Oklahoma wanted to crowd the plate. By no means did Shelton mean to nail Jarvis with some chin music, but Shelton’s fastball connected with his opponent’s helmet. It’s never okay to aim at someone’s head, but it’s obvious watching the footage that Shelton wasn’t going for the jugular. His fastball just got away from him.

What happened after the pitch, however, is suspect. Did these two kids act appropriate in the aftermath of this incident, given the stakes of the game?

Maybe I’m off base, but I don’t see any reason why we need to be hugging in the middle of a championship game. Save that for after the final out.

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