Yeah Zita, I figured it happened fairly frequently, I had just never seen it… or maybe I had just never noticed it (I was watching this one pretty close). Congrats to BarryBonds 999 and pitcherman95 on their efficiency as well. 7 pitches an inning is awesome, even in a loss. And I love the way that pitcherman made it tough on himself - actually put a kid on base and THEN got them out in three. That’s a good inning.
“These kids would crush a fastball, but they sucked crap at hitting a curveball.”
It’s funny you say that. My kid actually started the first game on the following day and was having a great outing through the fourth. He struck out the first two batters in the fifth and then started having some problems. Bloop single, error, walk, etc.
The other team’s #4 hitter was up (for the third time) and my kid’s coach comes out and talks to him and his infield. Tells him that this kid can’t hit off-speed and that’s what they are going to throw him. Apparently he learned how to hit it since his last at bat as he deposited the the first change up well over the right field wall for a 3 run homer that tied the game. My kid held his head up and handled it well, but he was pretty disappointed. Luckily he helped his own cause the next inning with a double and we went on for the win.
JD, it’s great to hear from you again. I haven’t spent much time here lately as KCDawgjr hasn’t pitched much with his elbow injury last year and then the broken finger this year. But, he’s back on track the last month or so and has really had some good outings. This is his first year with this team in a higher division and many of the parents didn’t even know he pitched. When he got the win in his first start against a pretty strong team, a bunch of them were stunned. “I had no idea he could pitch like that,” was a common refrain. No one expected the 5 foot seven kid to throw about as hard as the 6 foot 3 kid.
I’m going to try and get some video here in the next couple of weeks to see what you and the rest of LTP think.