So let me get this straight, a high school kid pitched 15 straight innings.. And then his catcher pitched 9..?
Rochester High School starting pitcher Dylan Fosnacht struck out 17 and was pulled in the top of the 15th after the first two batters reached base. Dustin Wilson, who had been playing catcher, finished the 17-inning win over La Center High School and then pitched all seven innings of Rochester’s second game that day, a 5-3 victory over Elma High School.
Fosnacht posted a picture of himself and Wilson on his Twitter account.
“I have never seen two guys take the mound and dominate like that for that long,” assistant coach Kyle Sprague told MaxPreps.com. “I have both of those guys in class, and they both said that their arms were fine today.”
Many states impose innings or pitch limits on high school athletes. However, an official with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association told ESPN.com that the only rule her organization has is that pitchers who throw four or more innings in a day must be given two days off before pitching again.
Fosnacht’s eye-catching pitch count is in contrast to the current era of major league baseball, where pitch counts are closely monitored and teams seem to be overprotective of pitchers, removing them as soon as they pass 100 pitches. It also comes during a year when several MLB pitchers have had to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair elbow ligament tears, with the most recent casualty being Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who is expected to have the surgery later this week.
His outing even caught the eye of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, who gave him a shoutout on Twitter, while also slamming his coach.
Fosnacht defended his coach in his reply to Price.
Fosnacht said in another tweet that it’s a moment he won’t soon forget.
Rochester manager Jerry Striegel told the Centralia Chronicle that he talked to Fosnacht every inning to make sure he was OK.
“We talked to him every inning, and he said he felt comfortable, he felt good, and he’s a little competitor,” Striegel told the newspaper. “He didn’t want to come out of the ballgame. He wasn’t very pleased when I took him out in the 15th.”
Striegel told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday that, in hindsight, he kept Fosnacht in the game too long.
“I realize that it was way too many pitches,” Striegel told Big League Stew in a phone interview Thursday morning. “I can understand everybody’s concern about it. And I would tell you too that I am concerned also. I probably would change the decision today.”
Alright, alright.. Everyone’s outraged that this coach left this kid in for 15 innings (194 pitches).. Is it wrong? Yes. Is this kid a beast? Absolutely.
Goddamn! Here’s the thing though.. This coach is a fucking idiot! Come on man. “We asked him every inning if he felt good blah blah blah” what’d your mom drop you on your head as a small child? Kid’s a competitor! Every time my coach asked me if I was “okay” I told him “ready to go” even if my arm was falling off… There’s now way after 150 pitches this kid’s arm wasn’t just fucking killing him.. My dad used to ask me after games, “Hey! Whys your arm shaking?” “Well I don’t know dad, maybe because I just threw 7 innings of straight fuegoo.. Maybe that’s why.. HOW ABOUT YOU GO GRAB ME AN ICE PACK!! Go, go juice box man! Grab me a ice pack!!” (It never actually went down like that..)
So this kids a liar.. I refuse to believe his arm felt “fine” the next day. But you know what, I’m not looking at the coach for this one.. I’m looking at the bats.. Where’s my run support??? You couldn’t get me one more fucking run!!! ONE RUN!? 1-0 win after 17 is absolute horse shit. Also I think the other coach wins, if we’re talking solely about coaching.. Guy probably used like 6 pitchers and just fucking dominated the coaching game into the 17 inning.