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June 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Pushed to the limit

Lars Anderson, 13 innings pitched, 18 K’s, 201 pitches.

Cody Conners, 11 innings pitched, 21 K’s, 204 pitches.

Here are the lines of two Minnesota preps pitchers in the same game last Saturday. The first thing I thought of was Tom’s story last year on overuse injuries from inflated pitch counts.

Of course, Anderson, who also hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 13th, had a blast. Dad, admittedly, was a little more reserved.

“It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing baseball,” said Anderson, whose team advances to the Minnesota Section 8AA semifinals today against Detroit Lakes. “That home run was just icing on the cake. It was to left field, and as soon as I hit it I knew it was gone.”

Lars’ dad, Paul, couldn’t even celebrate.

“I didn’t even pump my fist,” Paul said. “I was just relieved. He really showed courage and determination.”

Thankfully the article says Anderson wouldn’t have pitched the 14th inning. The Warroad High School senior said he kept giving his coach the OK to keep going throughout the game.

Am I the only one that cringes when I see that pitch count? How can that be allowed to happen?

So how did Anderson feel a couple days after the game?

“Alright,” Anderson said. “I had some pretty good advice from one of the coaches to ice it for two hours.

Pretty good advice from the coaches is the last thing I’d say happened.

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