It was a week ago tonight at Surprise Stadium that I saw my pick for the top individual performance in the second half of the high school sports season.
Senior right-handed pitcher Tyler Fallwell had an unreal outing for Palo Verde’s baseball team, striking out 11 and giving up just two hits through eight scoreless innings against Fountain Hills in the Division III state semifinals.
Fallwell, who finished the season 9-0, surely could have gone eight more innings but he didn’t have to as Palo Verde won 1-0 when senior Zach Redding scored on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half of the eighth to send the Titans to the state championship game for the first time.
Less than 24 hours later, Fallwell came in for a one-out save and needed just four pitches to secure Palo Verde’s 5-4 title-clinching win over Phoenix Northwest Christian.
“I could have thrown 500 pitches yesterday, but I felt no pain today because my adrenaline was pumping,” Fallwell told me after Saturday’s title game.
Since Jan. 1, no one from Southern Arizona has put on a show like Fallwell did last Friday night.