(WAOW) - DC Everest got 21 strikeouts last week in a seven inning game. Starting pitcher Jared Hoekstra had 15 of those.
An impressive performance like that earns Hoekstra the honor of this week's Newsline 9 Athlete of the Week.
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Hoekstra had the game of his life last week. He struck out 15 Lakeland batters in five innings. Every one of his outs came via the strikeout. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. He had a stretch of seven straight strikeouts and he's not even a strikeout pitcher.
"Well, typically he's not," DC Everest head coach Dave Langbehn said. "He's a pitch-to-contact type of guy. Last week he just hit his spots and they were swinging and missing quite a bit and a few foul balls, but they just couldn't seem to catch up to it at all."
"The umpires were pretty good, the coaches got us ready, I was just in the zone, that's it," Hoekstra said.
Pitchers are usually so in the zone they don't realize they're getting nothing but strikeouts. But Jared had a little help on Thursday.
"Every time I looked behind me, I'd catch the ball and look behind me and all the infielders were getting kind of lazy and kind of sick of the innings just going by without getting hits," Hoekstra said.
Jared is 6-foot-6 and gets batters out with a mid-80s fastball and a curveball. Last season he had an E.R.A of two due in large part to not walking many batters.
"He's always in the strike zone. Last year he walked 11 guys in 60 innings," Lanbehn said. "He's going to be in the strike zone. He's got command of all his pitches and has the ability to go after hitters. He's not afraid to do so."
He's not afraid to go after batters but batters might be afraid to go after him.
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