It's pretty hard to strike out 22 batters in a seven-inning high school baseball game. After all, there are only 21 outs.
But that's exactly what Ferris (Texas)
senior Evan Pontley
did on Monday night, striking out 22 while throwing a complete game no-hitter in a 13-3 win over Mabank, according to The Dallas Morning News
Ferris found itself in an unlikely 2-0 deficit after the first inning. Although Pontley struck out the game's first six batters, two Mabank players scored due to dropped third strikes and throwing errors.
"I was a little embarrassed after that first inning," Ferris coach Matthew Wolfe told the Morning News. "That would drive any coach crazy, and I think it took a few years off my life. But they gathered their composure and played pretty flawless after that."
Pontley recorded every out in the game by strikeout until the sixth inning, when a fly-out ended the string. He stuck mainly with his fastball, throwing 97 pitches in the win.
"Everything I threw was working," Pontley told the Morning News.
The 22 strikeouts is just two off the national record, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. In their records, Brett Jennings of Lingleville (Texas)
struck out 24 in a 6-3 loss to Santo in 1986, making him the single-game leader.
After Jennings five players are tied with 23 strikeouts apiece, and Pontley joins a list of 10 other players to strike out 22 in a game.
Pontley, an all-state shortstop last season, also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.