Top 31 Moments in the UP! #21 – Aaron Woods 21 strikeout performance

WOODSI have been up and down with continuing my countdown on my blog with the top Upper Peninsula moments and I guess that is how the Tri-City North Stars felt on June 24th, 2012.

Starting left handed pitcher for the Marinette Redbirds,  Aaron Woods (Menominee, MI native and Saginaw Valley State baseball player) took the mound that day against the Tri-City North Stars and must have felt like Roger Clemens or Kerry Wood. Once the first pitch was thrown, he began to mow down hitters looking and swinging at his fastball, struck out the side in multiple innings, and controlled the strike zone with ease for the umpire behind the dish.

This was his final line: CG, SO, 9 IN, 2 H, 2 BB, and 21 K. (See video below)

To strikeout 21 batters is impressive but to do it in his 4th straight start is amazing. That was the first 20 strikeout game I have ever witnessed from little league to major league and I can’t say I have seen anyone dominate the hitters like I saw #41 do out on the mound.

His delivery was very smooth and the life on his pitches were exceptional. He used great deception as a left hander of hiding his pitches until the last moment so his opponents couldn’t pick up the pitch until it left his hand.  He had success as a reliever the past few seasons in college and I can understand why he did so well.

Mr. Woods, after only working  one week on the job, you surprised me with a pitching performance I will never forget. As a huge baseball fan I will never forget your 21 K performance in Ishpeming that Sunday.

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