Sam Bragg, a junior righthander for Wheeler High, Marietta, Ga., was untouchable in the first 4 2/3 innings of his latest start. Against Campbell High of Smyrna, Ga. on Wednesday night, Bragg retired the first 14 batters he faced via the strikeout.
"In my 29 years as a head coach at Wheeler, this was the most dominant performance I have witnessed," Dave McDonald said. "Location was perfect on all pitches, with a fastball at 89-90 mph, breaking pitches and a straight changeup kept hitters off balance the entire seven innings."
He finished the game with 17 strikeouts while allowing just four hits and one walk. On Monday he threw two innings of relief against Milton (Ga.) High, striking out five and allowing two hits, giving him 22 strikeouts in nine innings this week.
The record for consecutive strikeouts in a game is 22, set by Jim Peterson of Sonora, Calif. in 1973.
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