Licking Heights High School Baseball Team Beats Opponent 65-0

By Dave Daniels
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There’s just nothing right about this.

Head Coach Jeff Boyer’s Licking Heights High School Hornets beat Harvest Prep 65-0 on April 5th; the game was called in the third inning.

“It’s the most awkward I’ve ever felt in 34 years of coaching,” 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 game apparently took over three hours and was eventually called due to darkness. The Ohio High School Athletic Association only calls for a 10-run mercy rule, but it has to be after five innings. What a dumb rule; here’s opening the Athletic Association puts some changes in the rulebook next year.

“We didn’t run on passed balls; we didn’t take extra bases or any of those kinds of things,” Boyer said. “I even asked the umpire, ‘What do you want us to do?’ I asked if he wanted us to bunt and step on the plate, and he said he didn’t want it to be a travesty of a game. And I’m thinking, ‘We’re already there.’ ”

The Harvest Prep team is mostly freshman and sophomores and are just physically overmatched by everyone they have faced this year.

“They’ve been run ruled in every game. We just happened to be the first to do it. I had no idea it was going to get that high, and we’ll make sure it doesn’t get that high again.”

Not my favorite kind of article to write, but it is still definitely news.

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