Dylan Fosnacht throws 194 pitches

ESPNAPI_IMG_NO_ALTEXT_Value

A high school baseball player in Washington State threw 194 pitches over 14 innings Tuesday before being removed in the 15th inning of his team's eventual 1-0 victory in its district tournament.

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."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 23731191.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
Lisa Kudrow
Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library | Getty Images
PHOTO: Salvager Eric Schmitt was combing through the wreckage of a convoy of Spanish ships that sank off the coast of Florida in 1715 when he discovered a missing piece from a gold Pyx.
Courtesy 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC
PHOTO: Motorists were startled when an axe from a dump truck in front of them flew at their windshield.
Massachusetts State Police/Facebook