Making all the plays: ND prep pitcher has hand in all 21 outs in game
LARIMORE, N.D.—It's not that Jason Farrell doesn't trust his baseball teammates. But the Larimore High School senior took care of things on his own earlier this week.
In a 3-1 win against Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page, Farrell had a hand in every one of F-S/H-P's 21 outs, either by strikeout, assist or putout.
"I've never seen that before,'' said veteran Larimore coach Ben Jacobson. "It was crazy. And it was pretty cool.''
The right-hander struck out 17 batters. Farrell fielded three bouncers back to the mound and threw to first baseman Luke Tupa for the outs. On the remaining out, Tupa fielded a grounder and flipped the ball to Farrell at first to retire the batter..
"We're a young team,'' said Farrell, an all-region pick last season. "I like to take things into my own hands. And it's a little luck in a game like that.
"Looking back after the game, it was like, wow, I didn't think I did that well."
The only F-S/H-P hit was a ground-ball single up the middle by the first batter, Xavier Jacobson. Farrell followed by striking out the next seven batters. The lone F-S/H-P run came on a walk, a stolen base and two passed balls.
"For the most part, Jason was blowing away guys with his fastball,'' Ben Jacobson said. "He mixed in a few curveballs and sliders. But he's a hard thrower, I'd say one of the hardest throwers in our region.''
The win was the first of the season for Farrell.
"After the game, (my teammates) told me it was pretty boring for them,'' Farrell said. "One mom told me during the game to let the other kids make some plays so she could get a picture of her son.''