|BHP James Touchton (Photo: Helen Comer/Gannett Tennessee)|
Central Magnet High School (Class of 2017)
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 165 lbs.
Throws: Both (primarily right-handed)
Velocity: 82 mph (perfectgame.org 2016; 77 mph in 2015)
Glove: Custom 6-finger Mizuno Glove, with two thumb slots
5-1 record in 2015
32:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio
Primarily pitches right-handed in games. In fact, he only pitched one inning left-handed.
Central Magnet’s Touchton excels as switch pitcherTom Kreager, Gannett Tennessee | April 15, 2015
MURFREESBORO – Central Magnet sophomore pitcher James Touchton has always done a few things left-handed.
He wrote and threw frisbees as a southpaw. However, throwing a baseball and football were always reserved for his stronger right hand.
That, though, has changed in recent years.
Touchton, who has become the Tigers’ ace of the pitching staff this season, has become an ambidextrous pitcher.
“I just decided in third grade I wanted to be able to throw with both hands,” said Touchton, who uses a glove with two thumbs so he doesn’t need to swap out on the mound. “It was a bit awkward at first — probably not as much had I not already been somewhat split in what I did with my left hand.”
Touchton entered Wednesday’s doubleheader with Smith County garnering a 5-1 record on the mound. He has a 1.36 ERA with three complete games and two shutouts in 25 2/3 innings pitched. He’s struck out 32 batters and walked six.
He’s done all but an inning of it as a right-handed pitcher. Last week he threw an inning left-handed in a 24-0 win over York Institute.
James Touchton Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA
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