SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Lubbock's Garrett Williams was firing on all cylinders Saturday. The rule book, however, prevented the Texas hurler from getting his name in the record book.
The new pitch-count rule cost Williams a
chance at tying a Little League World Series strikeout record, as Texas (1-0) recorded a 6-0 shutout of Coon Rapids, Minn. (0-1).
Williams recorded the first 17 outs by strikeout, but had to
leave in the sixth inning 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."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.