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Evan Pontley Newsbeat

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Texas HS pitcher K’s 22 in 7-inning no-hitter

Ferris pitcher Evan Pontley had a simple philosophy at Mabank on Tuesday night: stick mainly with his fastball, and “throw it as hard as I could.”  It resulted in the game of his life.  Pontley pitched a complete game no-hitter in a 13-3 win, striking out 22 batters – one more than the number of outs in a seven-inning game.  “Everything I threw was working,” Pontley said.

After the first inning, Ferris actually trailed 2-0, despite Pontley striking out the first six batters. The two batters that scored during the inning reached on dropped third strikes and throwing errors by the catcher, scoring on a passed ball and a dropped third strike.

Pontley struck out the first 20 batters he faced until a fly-out in the sixth inning.
Ferris (1-0) tied the game in the third inning, and broke it open with a nine-run sixth inning.
At that point, Wolfe went to Pontley – whose pitch count was in the low 80s – to ask him how he was feeling.

“He said, ‘I don’t feel anything. I’m finishing this game,’” Wolfe said. “And I’m like, ‘You bet.’”
Pontley finished allowing no hits, no earned runs and one walk, throwing 97 pitches. A Class 3A all-state shortstop last season, he went 2-4 at the plate as well, with two RBIs and a run scored.

TFA also lists the high school pitchers who have struck out at least 22 in a game.  The only name I recognized was Scott Garrelts.

Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 10 comment(s)
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