ROCHESTER, WASH. (CBS Seattle) — A Washington state high school pitcher threw nearly 200 pitches over 14 innings in a 17-inning game.
In Rochester’s 1-0 win over LaCenter on Tuesday in the District 4 1A Baseball Tournament, pitcher Dylan Fosnacht threw 194 pitches over the span of 14 innings, striking out 17 batters.
Fosnacht was pulled in the top of the 15th inning when the first two batters reached based.
MaxPreps reports that Dustin Wilson, Rochester’s catcher, relieved Fosnacht and finished the game. Wilson then pitched all seven innings in the second game of the day in a 5-3 win over Elma to move onto the district final.
“I have never seen two guys take the mound and dominate like that for so long,” Kyle Sprague, Rochester’s assistant baseball coach, told MaxPreps. “I have both of those guys in class, and they both said that their arms were fine today.”
Rochester coach Jerry Striegel told the Centralia Chronicle that he checked in on Fosnacht every inning.
“We talked to him every inning, and he said he felt comfortable, he felt good, and he’s a little competitor,” Striegel explained to the Chronicle. “He didn’t want to come out of the ballgame. He wasn’t very pleased when I took him out in the 15th.”
Several people took to Twitter to slam the coaching staff for leaving Fosnacht in for so long.
“No coach should destroy a kids (sic) arm like that,” Kevin Breiwick posted.[tweet https://twitter.com/kbrees/status/466822014519373825 width=’330′]
Diamond Sports tweeted: “Whoever coaches that kid should be fired.”[tweet https://twitter.com/diamondsportstc/status/466837134779764736 width=’330′]
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price even tweeted at Fosnacht to “be a little smarter,” before adding that the coach should be fired.[tweet https://twitter.com/DAVIDprice14/status/466809246730833920 width=’330′]
Fosnacht took to Twitter saying that “people need to chill.”
“People just don’t understand. I’m not (an) ace pitcher, I’m (an) infielder who pitches every now and then,” Fosnacht said. “Not a prospect ruining (their) career.”[tweet https://twitter.com/DFosnacht5/status/466824092138483712 width=’330′]
Fosnacht tossing 194 pitches comes as several Major League Baseball pitchers have to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery to repair torn elbow ligaments.
Rays’ Matt Moore, Yankee’s Ivan Nova, Athletics Jarrod Parker and Braves’ Kris Medlen are just some of the pitchers who are missing the 2014 season due to elbow injuries. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been recommended to undergo the surgery after suffering a tear in his elbow and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is missing the entire season due to the procedure.
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