Etymology
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pitching (n.)

late 14c., "act of planting or fixing in the ground," verbal noun from pitch (v.1). From 1650s as "act of throwing or hurling;" specifically in baseball by 1858.

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Definitions of pitching

pitching (n.)
(baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team;
pitching (n.)
abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance);
the pitching and tossing was quite exciting
Synonyms: lurch / pitch
From wordnet.princeton.edu