SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The new pitch count rule cost
Lubbock pitcher Garrett Williams a chance today at tying a Little
League World Series strikeout record.
Williams recorded the first 17 outs by strikeout, but had to
leave in the sixth inning of Lubbock's 6-0 win over Minnesota
because he threw 88 pitches. Only two other pitchers have recorded
all 18 outs by strikeout.
The new rule this year forces a pitcher from the mound after 85
pitches, though they may finish throwing to the batter on which
they reached the 85th pitch.
Asked if he knew how many strikeouts he had, Williams answered,
"No sir. I don't worry about stuff like that ... I just
concentrate on the mitt and try to get the batter out."