The game began on a Thursday, with Chukyo High posting a 3-0 victory over rival Sotaku High on Sunday morning.
“Yes, both starters stayed in for the entirety of the game — Chukyo’s Taiga Matsui threw a total of 709 pitches and Sotoku’s Jukiya Ishioka threw 689.”
“Velocity and power remain the game’s most prized attributes, but in a league where most guys can throw the ball hard or slug the ball far, the changeup keeps them honest,” writes Sports Illustrated’s Joe Lemire.
“Indeed, many of the game’s best pitchers are among the heaviest practitioners of the changeup: Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, Jarrod Parker, James Shields, Chris Sale, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Mike Minor, CC Sabathia, Zack Greinke, Matt Harvey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Kris Medlen and Chris Tillman all throw the pitch more than the league-wide average of about 10 percent.”
Read Joe Lemire’s Sports Illustrated story.