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Andrews weighs in on pitch counts

5/31/2012

Louisiana sports fans will likely remember this story from earlier this spring. In a do-or-die district baseball battle, Jesuit High School and Archbishop Rummel High School allowed their starting pitchers to fire a combined 347 pitches.

The aces, Jesuit's Emerson Gibbs and Rummel's Mitch Sewald threw 193 and 154 pitches, respectively, in the Blue Jays' 2-1, 18-inning victory against Rummel. The absurdly high pitch count has drawn a lot of national attention, including from famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, as highlighted in this story from ESPNHS writer Matthew Muench.

The story is interesting enough in that both pitchers are Louisiana prospects. But Rummel's Sewald is also a LSU recruit and could join the Tigers next season if he chooses to forego the pro ranks. Knowing how careful Paul Mainieri is with his pitchers, I doubt he appreciated the high number.