Two future Division one pitchers. Emerson Gibbs of New Orleans Jesuit and Mitch Seward of Metairie Archbishop Rummel. Pitcher’s duel. An 18-inning classic. From Rivals:
LSU signee Mitch Seward started for Rummel; Emerson Gibbs, a Tulane signee, for Jesuit.
Of those 501 pitches needed to decide the victory, the two young arms had accounted for 347 of them.
Seward pitched 10 innings allowing one run on two hits. He recorded 10 strikeouts and threw 154 pitches. Gibbs pitched 15 innings allowing a single run on six hits. He recorded 13 strikeouts and accounted for 193 pitches.
Does anyone have an ice pack? Generally, I think pitch counts are silly – especially at the major league level – but asking a kid to throw that much in a game (or three) is damn near negligent. For what it’s worth, Dr. James Andrews set the magic number for 17 and 18-year-olds at 105 pitches. I’m guessing the good doctor would also suggest a few hours off before throwing the next 105.