WA high schooler defends throwing 194 pitches in 14+ innings

WA high schooler defends throwing 194 pitches in 14+ innings

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WA high schooler defends throwing 194 pitches in 14+ innings

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by ELIZABETH WILEY / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 5:10 PM

A high school baseball player from Rochester, Wash., is getting national attention after he threw 194 pitches in a game Tuesday.

Dylan Fosnacht pitched for 14 innings before his coached replaced him with Dustin Wilson. During the marathon outing, Fosnacht recorded 17 strike outs.

Wilson, who got the win over LaCenter, went on to pitch seven innings in a win over Elma the same day.

"I have never seen two guys take the mound and dominate like that for that long," assistant coach Kyle Sprague told MaxPreps.com.

While the coach did follow the state's rules in the game, in an interview with Yahoo's Big League Stew, he admitted that it was "too many pitches."

Coach Jerry Striegel said, "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."

Striegel went on to say that he pays more attention to how his players are throwing than the number of pitches they've thrown in a game.

"Hindsight being what it is, I know that I should not have gone that long with him. I should have stepped in as a coach and said, 'It's time.' And I did not do that," Striegel added in the interview.

According to ESPN, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's only rule is that pitchers who are on the mound for four or more innings must take at least two days off before pitching again.

"We talked to him every inning, and he said he felt comfortable, he felt good, and he's a little competitor," manager Jerry Striegel told the Centralia Chronicle. "He didn't want to come out of the ballgame. He wasn't very pleased when I took him out in the 15th."

After the game, Dylan took to Twitter to defend the performance.

He also responded to a tweet by major league pitcher David Price.

 

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