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Talking Points: 194 pitches draws swings from critics

The Columbian
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A long, long start for a Washington state high school pitcher caught the attention of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price.

Rochester’s Dylan Fosnacht threw 194 pitches as he took a shutout into the 15th inning of a tournament game Tuesday, as The Chronicle of Centralia reported. The right-hander wound up with a no-decision when his team beat La Center 1-0 in the 17th inning.

Price took notice of the performance on Twitter, telling Fosnacht “you’re a beast … but let’s be a little smarter brotha!!” The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner suggested his coach should be fired for letting the young pitcher risk injury by staying in the game so long.

The comments fueled an online debate about the wisdom of the decision.

Rochester coach Jerry Striegel told The Associated Press he was amazed by the attention and that while the final pitch count surprised him, he had been checking with Fosnacht every inning to make sure he was OK.For more on this story, check out our high school sports blog at blogs.columbian.com/high-school-sports

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