NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – A Georgia high school baseball player is being recognized for his outstanding sportsmanship toward a player on an opposing team who recently lost his father.

Earlier this season as the Eastside High School Eagles played a home game, the father of pitcher Michael Hipps Jr. suffered a medical emergency while cheering on his son. He later died.

On March 29, Hipps returned to the home mound for their first time since his father’s death. His team released green and black balloons in honor of his late father at the start of the game.

The Eagles were taking on rival school Henry County High.

As Hipps prepared to throw the first pitch, Henry County shortstop Jovaal Hollingshed left the batter’s box and walked straight toward him.

Hollingshed gave Hipps a hug and a handshake before returning to start

“We salute you, Jovaal Hollingshed,” wrote Newton County Schools in a Facebook post. “Class act, young man.”

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