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Mounds View pitcher on going viral: 'I'll be glad when it's over'

Ty Koehn's name is known around the country now.

Ty Koehn is trying to focus on helping the Mounds View Mustangs win at this week's high school baseball state tournament, but clouding his focus is an unbelievable amount of national attention after his act of sportsmanship went viral on Monday. 

BMTN's story about Koehn last Friday, which was two days after his moment of kindness was caught on camera, went completely viral on Monday, reaching national websites like Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, Deadspin, Barstool Sports, The Washington Post, Sporting News, Vice Sports, ESPN, Yahoo, USA Today, New York Post and countless others that couldn't resist telling such a good story. 

So how's Koehn dealing with the attention?

"It's weird and I'll be glad when it's over," he said in a text to BMTN. "But it's been fun for now." 

If you're just seeing this story for the first time, here's the quick version of what happened to make him a national sensation. 

Koehn, struck out one of his childhood friends to end the game and give Mounds View one of eight spots in the Class 4A state tournament, which will be played out Thursday-Saturday this week. 

While his teammates raced to the mound to celebrate, Koehn ran to home plate to give his buddy words of encouragement, telling BMTN that doing so was more important than celebrating a "silly game." 

Related: You can read the original story about Koehn right here

Koehn and Mounds View open play in the state tournament Thursday at 3 p.m. at CHS Field in St. Paul against the No. 2 seed, Stillwater High School. 

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