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  • A high school pitcher threw 145 pitches in 12-inning game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally16 hrs ago

    A high school baseball pitcher in Texas threw 145 pitches in a single outing last week. His coach says he asked the senior to sit out after the 11th inning, but Brandon White insisted on staying in. He said his arm felt fine.

    Creekview Pitcher Brandon White goes yard in the top of the 12th Creekview 4 Newman Smith 3 @CreekviewATH @HSwfaa pic.twitter.com/DR31J1peqj

    If his team took the lead in the top of the 12th, he asked to be left in for the final three outs. Then he took the matter into his own hands. Leading off the 12th inning, White hit a solo home run. That meant he stayed in to pitch the bottom of the 12th, closing out the 4-3 win.

    It's easy to understand that he wanted to close out the game he'd started, especially against a district rival at a point when his team was undefeated in the district.

    It's harder to understand why he was still in after 11 innings, long after he'd surpassed recommended pitch counts for players his age.

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  • After 5 surgeries, righty learns to pitch with left arm

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally19 hrs ago

    Five surgeries on a throwing arm is enough to end most pitching careers. For Michael Matusz, it just meant learning a new skill set. The sophomore at Woodbridge (N.J.) High School is a natural righty.

    Five surgeries on right arm made J.F. Kennedy @jfkmhs baseball pitcher Michael Matusz a lefty http://t.co/ncL3D9Jbl1 via @MyCentralJersey

    Matusz broke his right arm in kindergarten, just around the time he was starting to learn to play baseball. At that point, doctors diagnosed a bone cyst near his right elbow. Removing the cyst required five surgeries between first and fourth grades, according to MyCentralJersey.com reporter Greg Tufaro

    Throughout that time, Matusz learned to pitch, and completely fell in love with the game – but eventually doctors told him he'd have to make a change if he wanted to keep going with the sport.

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  • 12-year-old outfielder robs a homerun

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally10 days ago

    A 12-year-old from Texarkana, Ark., just pulled in what could easily be the catch of the year.

    Twin City Outlaws left fielder Stone Williams trailed the ball all the way to the fence, making it look easily as he leapt up and nabbed the ball.

    He even held on as he crashed into the fence on the way down. His teammates immediately rushed over to celebrate. 

    It would've been a tough catch at any level, but as a 12-year-old? That's an impressive amount of self control and timing. 

    H/T MaxPreps

    Have a highlight you want to share? Send it to Prep Rally editor Danielle Elliot at delliot@yahoo-inc.com, or tag her on Twitter

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  • Florida pitcher throws no-hitter, then a perfect game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally14 days ago

    A high school senior in Florida threw a no-hitter in late March. That seemed like it could be the highlight of the season – until 6-foot-3 lefty Michael Zimmerman went and topped his own accomplishment in his next outing. 

    Just threw a perfect game! @FTBMizuno #ftbfamily #GulfCoastHS

    Congratulations to Michael Zimmerman for throwing a perfect game and his second consecutive no-hitter!

    Zimmerman, a senior at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Fl., pitched a perfect game on March 31.

    “He looked outstanding,” coach Pete Garcia told the Naples News. “His fastball was working. His breaking ball was outstanding.”

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  • Coach fires gun at opposing coach during rec game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally14 days ago

    A coach of a Southwest Philadelphia recreational league basketball team fired a gun at the opposing team's coach during a game on Saturday, according to a police report.

    The league is for 14-16-year-old boys. The coach who allegedly fired the gun, Maurice Tavares, is 26 years old.

    The game was played at the Christy Recreation Center (CRC).

    Tavares' team had the lead in the second half, but the CRC team was starting to mount a comeback. At that point, Tavares reportedly started arguing with a fan.

    Before long, the CRC coach, whose name was not given, joined in, apparently trying to calm down Tavares. The altercation quickly escalated. According to Philly.com

    "By the grace of God, no one was struck by the gunfire," Lt. John Walker said.  "When the gun went off, everyone ran from the rec center."

    Police say Tavares ran with them, right to his car, and drove away. There is a warrant for Tavares' arrest and police are continuing to look for him.

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  • John Stockton on coaching his daughter's team at H.S. Nationals

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally17 days ago

    NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton traveled to Middle Village, New York, this week to help coach his daughter's team in the DICKS Sporting Goods High School Nationals. Laura Stockton is a senior at Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)

    NBA Hall-of-Famer and Gonzaga Prep assistant coach John Stockton looks on. His daughter, Laura, a sr. headed to Zags. pic.twitter.com/Dd8oU9j1GO

    Having the former Utah Jazz star on the bench didn't help the Bullpups advance to the title – the team fell 60-59 to Miami Country Day in the semifinals on Friday – but nonetheless, the proud dad said it was, "one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

    “I don’t know if coaching girls is always like this, but this group has been amazing,” Stockton said, according to USA Today. “They’ve been completely open to coaching and they all really want to learn. And they aren’t afraid to put the hard work in to get better.”

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  • Bend it like Beckham, indeed

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally19 days ago

    After more than 98 minutes of play, the Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas) and Allen (Texas) girls soccer teams were knotted at one goal a piece in double overtime of their bi-distict playoff match. 

    The game looked destined for a shootout, until Byron Nelson's Jeyci Lopex notched what might be the shot of the year. Even she was shocked as the ball hooked into the top left corner of the goal.

    MY GOAL WAS JUST FEATURED ON CHANNEL 8'S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SPECIAL pic.twitter.com/BvKWx9LZgH

    Local reporter Matt Welsh captured the moment for the Allen American: 

    Inside the final two minutes of the second overtime, Lopez initiated a corner kick that was at first cleared away by the Allen defense. However, the ball rolled back into the crosshairs of Lopez, who from roughly 30 yards out, corralled the ball, spun around and rifled off a shot that floated above all players and snuck inside the upper left corner of the goal for the go-ahead 2-1 score with 1:37 remaining in the match.

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