Ohio high school team wins 65-0

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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I don't think this even qualifies as a football score. Licking Heights High School in Ohio recently beat Harvest Prep High School by the score of 65-0, reports Kurt Snyder of the Newark Advocate. Licking Heights scored 16 runs in the first, 18 runs in the second and 31 runs in the third.

"It's the most awkward I've ever felt in 34 years of coaching," Licking Heights coach Jeff Boyer said. "I didn't know what to feel. I wasn't happy. I felt bad for their kids and didn't know what to tell our kids."

The mercy rule in Ohio says the lead must be at least 10 runs after five innings, and there's nothing to address extreme situations, such as a 65-run lead in the third inning. Boyer told the home plate umpire he would have his players intentionally make outs, but the ump said it would make the game a "travesty." How about that.

As Snyder notes, Licking Heights routinely blows out the less experienced Harvest Prep team, scoring more than 40 runs on multiple occasions. The two teams play again next week, and Boyer said he is "committed to avoiding the kind of embarrassment" the 65-0 game created.

(h/t Prep Rally)

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