Pearl River’s Xan Harwell Named Baseball Player of the Week (Feb. 19-24)

by Hunter Bower // Owner

Baseball Player of the Week: Xan Harwell, Sophomore, Pitcher, Pearl River High School

Stat Line (Feb. 19-24): 2 GA • 1 GS • 1-0 • 0.00 ERA • 9.0 IP • 0 R • 0 ER • 3 BB • 12 K

In the realm of baseball, perfection is a rare and cherished accomplishment. This week, the spotlight falls on a young talent whose performance epitomizes excellence on the diamond. Xan Harwell, a sophomore pitcher hailing from Pearl River High School, has been bestowed with the prestigious title of Baseball Player of the Week, presented by Visit Lake Charles, for his remarkable display of skill and dominance.

Harwell’s standout achievement came in a game against Riverdale where he etched his name into the annals of baseball history by throwing a perfect game. This feat, a testament to his precision and prowess on the mound, is a rarity at any level of the sport, let alone in the competitive realm of high school baseball. Across seven flawless innings, Harwell held his opponents at bay, conceding no hits, no runs, and issuing no walks while striking out an impressive eight batters. With remarkable efficiency, he needed just 82 pitches to complete the game, guiding Pearl River to a commanding 9-0 victory over Riverdale.

But Harwell’s brilliance didn’t end there. Before his stellar performance, he showcased his mettle in relief duty earlier in the week. Over two innings of work, he demonstrated his control and command, allowing no runs or hits while conceding just three walks and notching four strikeouts. Across both appearances on the mound, Harwell’s dominance was palpable as he tallied a total of nine innings without surrendering a single hit or run, walking only three batters while striking out an impressive tally of 12.

For Harwell, this accolade serves as a testament to his dedication, talent, and unwavering commitment to excellence. His stellar contributions on the field have not only propelled his team to victory but have also garnered him well-deserved recognition as one of the standout players in high school baseball. As he continues to etch his name in the annals of the sport, Harwell’s future in baseball shines bright with promise and potential.