How many pitches is too many for a high schooler?
Well in baseball the un-written rule is 100. Much higher than that and the performance can attract some negative attention and criticism.
For softball players, though, pitch counts aren’t nearly as enforced because of the much less strain placed on the arm during an underhand toss.
That’s lucky for the Hamilton Broncs and senior hurler Brie Clifford.
From 2010 to 2013, Polson pitcher Shalaina Duford was a pain in the sides of more batters than possibly any other hurler in the history of the sport in Montana high schools.
She won three State A championships in ’10, ’11 and ’12 and more games than any other pitcher before or since. But strangely enough, Duford is out of the pitching circle now with the Community College of Spokane.
And killing it all the same
There’s a funny thing about digging through box scores of games you never actually saw for yourself. Sometimes the things that stick out had little — and in this case, no — real impact on the games in which they’re found.
I sure won’t remember the score of Libby’s softball game with Hardin, but I will remember who was pitching in the win — and who was catching her. Continue reading
Kendall Rauk pitched throughout youth softball but most of her time with the varsity softball team at Missoula Big Sky had been spent at first base.
Until last week.
The freshman started her first two games pitching in the Eagles’ blues Saturday, both complete game victories in a double dip with the Helena high schools in Missoula. Big Sky coach Dennis Staves was so impressed with the freshman, he decided to keep her in the circle again Tuesday for the team’s next game with Missoula Hellgate. Continue reading