On the Trail With Ted
In the upcoming season, high school rules limiting pitch counts, instead of innings, will make their debut. On the homepage recently, I posted some examples of outrageous pitching appearances made by city leagues guys in the website era. They're posted here again. Also, I received notes from Tom Taylor and Randy Seidman and stumbled on details of another forever stint from 1964 in North Jersey and those are posted below as well. If you know of others and would like to see them posted here, please send them to the email listed above. Thanks. . .
In 2000, Dobbins' T.J. Brunson fanned 18 and walked 16 in one game and in another (8 innings) he fanned 22 and walked 10. Imagine how many total pitches he threw! Or how about Kennedy-Kenrick grad Lenny DelGrippo? In 2005, he threw 182 pitches in a game vs. Roman.
From Tom Taylor . . .
In 1962, Catasauqua senior Jim Murtaugh completes one of the most incredible pitching performances in Lehigh Valley history, striking out 32 batters in a 16-inning, 2-1 loss to Easton in the District 11 Southern Regional title game. Murtaugh, who struck out eight in four innings the day before when the game was suspended by rain, strikes out 24 in the final 12 innings but loses when he issues a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Bob Sigafone in the top of the 16th. Murtaugh also accounts for Catty's only run with a second-inning home run. Easton pitchers Ray DeBona (15 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings) and Jim Miller (nine in 6 1/3 innings) combine for 24 strikeouts in the 4-hour, 22-minute game. . . . Tom added this, Murtaugh was also a starting forward on the Catty D11 basketball championship team led by soph Larry Miller.
From Randy Seidman . . .
Just a postscript on your pitch count nugget. My first year reporting on tedsilary.com was 2002. In a very early season game, Roxborough's Mike Gibbs was allowed to throw 151 pitches in an ineffective rout by Washington at Roxborough in front of several scouts. Warming up, he was bouncing pitches constantly. They waited way too long to take him out. I think that outing took some steam out of Gibbs during that season.
Found this on newspapers.com.
On May 15, 1964, Hanover Park and Parsippany played to a 0-0 tie through 17 innings and the starters never left the mound. HP's Tom Moore struck out 17 and walked three. Hal Burke walked NONE and whiffed 18. The game was halted by darkness. The small recap did not list how many hits were allowed.