Wichita West's coach Jeff Hoover and pitcher Colby Pechin are facing a one game suspension at the 6A State Baseball tournament.
The suspension is due to a violation of Kansas State High School Activities Association rules that state that a pitcher is limited to throw only nine innings in one day of competition regular season or postseason.
During Friday night's 16-inning regional championship against Garden City, Pechin threw 157 pitches in 10 IP with just two hits, and 18 strikeouts on the way to a 1-0 victory.
Pechin says he woke up to more than 300 notifications on twitter after the story went viral across the nation. Most tweets were attacking his head coach, Jeff Hoover. Keith Law, a national baseball writer for ESPN, tweeted,
"Your coach failed you, Colby. No MLB pitcher has thrown 157 p in one game in 19 years."
Pechin defends his coach.
"They just don't know him," says Pechin. "They don't know Jeff. He would never do that, ever. He would never do anything to put me in harms way. Anything that might make my future in college not be able to happen.He asked me multiple times throughout the games how I felt, and I felt good. He put me back in there. It was my choice. It wasn't his."
Hoover says he was going to pull Pechin after nine innings until an umpire said he was allowed to pitch another inning. Hoover takes fully responsibility for the miscommunication but doesn't appreciate the outside commentary.
"Like I said, I'm around," says Hoover. "The last time I checked, Keith Law hasn't been to a practice yet. He wasn't with us in the fall or summer when we were lifting. He hasn't been to any of the throwing programs. So I appreciate it Keith. Thank you very much, and call me. We will work it out."
The Pioneers have drawn six-seed in next week's tournament in Lawrence and will face Shawnee Mission East and MLB draft prospect Joey Wentz in the first round.