A 14yo pitcher for Washington, PA threw a 7 inning complete game on Sunday and then came back to throw a 6 inning complete game on Tuesday in a losing effort. He threw about 80 pitches on Sunday and about 100 pitches on Tuesday. I listened to the Tuesday game and the pitcher threw 60% or more curves, often throwing curves on a 2-0 count so my estimate of 100 pitches may be a bit low.
My impression is that Washington is a relatively weak team who got in as the host city and that they are trying to ride their one stud pitcher as far as he can take them. Pretty sad if you ask me. PONY needs to take a look at their pitching rules and Washington’s coach needs to be barred from coaching.
Simi’s 15yo pitcher threw 7 innings but didn’t go deep in the count very often despite recording 18 strikeouts, throwing mostly fastballs. He was operating on a week’s rest and probably had a lower pitch count than Washington’s pitcher. Knowing one of Simi’s coaches I’d guess that he won’t start again without at least 4 days rest given that Simi has used their stud pitcher for only 2 innings so far in the WS and has another strong pitcher, the coach’s son, who hasn’t pitched an inning yet in the WS along with a couple other good pitchers who are well rested.