You and I may be far apart geographically (I'm in Washington State) but we're on the same page here. He spoke with his coaches about the situation, i.e., 98 pitches... brought it up himself, for which I am proud of him...and was reassured that it was a mistake and would not happen again.
I've spent time with his coaches, and I like them a lot. Very good baseball brains, good with the kids, good teachers. I also know that coaches at every level, and especially at the elite levels, want to win badly...and that's absolutely essential in a coach in my opinion. My concern is that Nolan is a machine and has typically thrown a lot of innings, and tends to throw a lot of pitches, too (he's a power pitcher); young coaches may have the best of intentions, but like in this case, fail to make the move in a timely manner.
Later in the season, when weather is warm and arm is loose and had plenty of work, going 5 to 7 innings will be expected in some games and will be less stressful than the mid-February 5 inning, 98 pitch stint in my opinion.
Well, enough beating the dead horse. Thanks for your take on things, JD. I always appreciate your thoughtful and insightful responses, based as they are on your own experience with something like what my son and I are going through.