Wall goes the distance in first start for Northwestern Eagles
The freshman right-hander needed just 81 pitches to complete a 4-1 victory in seven innings in Florida, where the NCAA D3 school from Minnesota is currently taking part in a 10-game tour through the sunshine state.
Wall, of Thunder Mountain High fame, struck out only one batter while allowing five hits and one walk.
He pitched to contact and trusted his defense to make plays behind him.
“I relied on my two-seam fastball but threw a generous amount of off-speed pitches to keep the hitters off balance,” he told me. “My slurve was breaking sharper than normal due to a moderate wind out to left field. Along with the slurve, my circle change and knuckleball were breaking nicely and I was able to utilize them in various counts.”
Wall played an instrumental part in helping Juneau win last summer’s Alaska Legion State Tournament championship.
This was his first start with Northwestern-St. Paul.
“I just kept telling myself that I had a job to do and to make the most of the opportunity I had been given,” he said. “To settle my nerves throughout the game, I try to not think of games as 7 or 9 segments with increasing pressure and intensity, but one continuous flow of energy and concentration.”