Blumberg Off The Bench
"I was just watching our regional championship the other day. It brings back a lot of good memories," said Ryan Phillips.
Phillips isn't the only one who remembers Columbia's run to the Little League World Series. Kyle Teter, 11 year-old pitcher, has plans to one day follow in his footsteps.
"I want to pitch like him. I want to hit like him. I want to go to Williamsport," said Teter.
He's it. And now counting pitches. Kids 13 to 16 years old must limit their pitch counts to 95 in one game. For 11 to 12 year olds, 85 pitches is maximum. 75 is tops for kids 10 and under.
"They had a pitcher pitch 10 innings. He pitched over 200 pitches and that's just not good," said head coach Mark Pfieffer.
"I don't really think about it. I ice it after every game I start and I try to keep care of it as much as I can," said Phillips.
He has good reason to. Phillips started throwing a curve ball at age 11, three years before doctors recomended he throw it.
"I think the level of play. You have to throw something offspeed," said Phillips.
Phillips says he hurt his arm from overpitching when he was 10.
"It was kinda scary, but it started to feel better and went to doctors about it and started getting medications and stuf," said Phillips.
Coach Teter wants to make sure Kyle is fully armed throughout his pitching career.
"He's only eleven. I want him to be able to pitch in high school and hopefully beyond. We take good care of him and watch what he does," said Mike Teter, Kyle's dad.
Coaches from last year's Little League World Series team went back and looked at the scorebooks. They say in all of his games Ryan Phillips finished under this years 85 pitch limit.
Columbia doctor, Mark Adams recommends kids should be at least 13 before they throw a curveball. He likes the new rule and says the most important part is the mandatory rest between pitching.