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High school baseball: 109-0 blowout tops list of highest scoring games - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: 109-0 blowout tops list of highest scoring games
The highest scoring baseball game in high school history was played April 25, 1928 when Atlantic (Iowa) defeated nearby Griswold (Iowa), 109-0, but that's only part of the story. The rest of the story involves a girl, money and bad blood that produced an avalanche of national records and possibly the most lopsided score in all of sports history.

The story begins on March 29, 1928, in Griswold, a small town in eastern Iowa, when baseball coach Phil Morrison decided to go with Alice Buckman as his starting right fielder. The selection of Buckman, "a 15-year old red-headed girl," over nine other boys caused quite a stir across the entire country as the Associated Press carried the story and it appeared in newspapers from the Los Angeles Times to the New York Daily News and all points in between.

Griswold games then became a madhouse with fans coming from far and wide to watch Buckman play. She didn't disappoint, either, getting several hits and fielding her position flawlessly aside from one dropped, wind-blown popup.

Griswold games became a main attraction. Movie crews filmed Buckman's every move. Newspaper articles on Griswold games focused only on Buckman's exploits. Opinion columns across the country praised Buckman's accomplishment. The gate at the first Griswold baseball home game was $75 — that's nearly $1,200 in earnings today. She was asked to throw out the first pitch at a minor league ballgame and she was given a trophy for her "Triumph" at the Elliott Track Relays. She was even given a full-page feature in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

At Atlantic, coach P.G. Russell sought to get a game with Griswold on his home field. In an agreement with Morrison, the two teams would play in Atlantic on April 25 and split the gate 50-50 (one report says the agreement was made the previous fall). Russell anticipated a big crowd and even set up an extra train to run from Griswold to Atlantic to handle the overflow crowd.

Atlantic, it should be noted, was an outstanding team. Undefeated to start the season, Atlantic featured a pitcher, Don King, who had earned all-state honors in the winter while leading Atlantic to a third-place finish in the state basketball tournament. King would play heavily in the matchup against Griswold.

During the week prior to the game, Russell accused Morrison of reneging on their contract, suggesting that Morrison wanted a 60-40 split for Griswold instead of the agreed upon 50-50 cut. Morrison denied the switch, and that's when things began to go downhill. Cries of "commercialization" appeared in newspapers from as far as New Jersey with Morrison denying he was trying to make money off his now nationally famous right fielder.

Morrison then announced the day before the game that Buckman would be unable to play due to an injured finger sustained against Cumberland the game before. Suggesting that he wanted his team to focus on a game the following day against Adair, Morrison pulled his starters, including Buckman, and sent his freshman squad to take on Atlantic.

The results were not pretty. While Atlantic scored only four runs in the first inning, it put 30 across in the second. It scored 12 runs in the third, six runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, 27 in the seventh and 18 in the eighth.

According to Steve Baier, a Cass County Supervisor who has done research on the game, the game was played at Sunnyside Park, which did not have a fence. A rope was utilized to hold back the fans, who formed the outer boundary of the field.

"Griswold's usual left fielder, Johnny Gustin, threw every pitch," said Baier in an e-mail to MaxPreps. "By the eighth inning, Griswold had only seven players on the field. The (nine-inning) game ended in the eighth due to darkness."

The game was an offensive bonanza for Atlantic. Besides bashing out 92 base hits, Atlantic had 16 home runs, five by Ronald Rapp, 26 doubles and seven triples. Atlantic also blazed on the base paths, swiping 113 bases. Griswold, meanwhile, committed 22 errors.

King was the feature player of the game, however. Besides throwing a no-hitter and striking out 16 (other reports say 13), he also led the Atlantic offensive with 15 hits, two home runs, two doubles and 19 stolen bases.

Obviously the game provided a plethora of national records, but only a handful of them are recognized by the National Federation of High Schools Record Book and the Iowa High Schools Athletic Association record book produced by Bud Legg. While most of the team records are listed, none of the individual marks have found their way into the record books.

Chris Boone of the National Federation reported in an e-mail to MaxPreps that the absence of individual records is likely due to the absence of any boxscores to prove the record-breaking marks.

MaxPreps has included two box scores for the game with this story (pictured below). One is from April 27 in the Des Moines Register and includes all of the stolen base and extra base hit totals, but does not including run totals. An accompanying box score from the April 26 Atlantic News Telegraph shows the run totals, but does not include extra base hits.

Some of the statistics were never reported. Game reports do not list any of the players, other than King, who hit doubles. RBI totals are also not available along with any reports of players who might have scored multiple runs or had multiple hits in an inning.

The two teams met later in the season and the score proved to be much closer. With Griswold's starters, including Buckman, on the field, Atlantic posted a 2-1 win.
Boxes scores from the 1928 game show just how lopsided the game between Atlantic and Griswold was.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Boxes scores from the 1928 game show just how lopsided the game between Atlantic and Griswold was.
Here are the records for the game that are included in the National Federation of High Schools Record Book:

Most Runs in a Game: Atlantic, 109
Most Runs in a Game, Both Teams: 109 (Atlantic 109, Griswold 0)
Most Doubles in a Game One Team: Atlantic, 26
Most Hits in a Game, Both Teams: 92 (Atlantic 92, Griswold 0)
Most Home Runs in a Game, Both Teams: 16 (Atlantic 16, Griswold 0)
Most Home Runs in a Game: Atlantic, 16
Most Triples in a Game: Atlantic, 7 (ranks No. 2)

However that list doesn't not include at least two other team marks:

Most Stolen Bases in a Game: Atlantic, 113 (current record is 45 by Salome, Ariz.).
Most Runs in an Inning: Atlantic 30 (ranks 9th best all-time according to NFHS)

There are multiple individual records and listmakers from Atlantic that should be included in the record book. Here are the individual record holders according to the NFHS record book and the totals of the players from Atlantic:

Most Individual Hits in a Game: NFHS Record — 10 by L. Townsend, Hanson (Buxton, Maine), 1931. Atlantic stats: Don King, 15 hits; Laine Rose, 11 hits; Leon Pine, 11 hits; Wynn Rentz, 11 hits; Dale Heath, 11 hits; Ronald Rapp, 10 hits.

Most Individual Home Runs in a Game: NFHS Record — 5, done by 8 players, last by John Biggs, Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas), 2009. Atlantic stats: Ronald Rapp, 5 home runs.

Most Individual Runs Scored in a Game: NFHS Record — 10 by Jim Bushkuhl, Dufur (Ore.), 1977. Atlantic stats: Russell Hoffman, 15 runs; Don King, 14 runs; Laine Rose, 14 runs; Leon Pine, 14 runs; Wynn Rentz, 14 runs; Dale Heath, 13 runs; Ronald Rapp, 10 runs; Clyde Hill, 10 runs.

Most Individual Stolen Bases Game: NFHS Record — 12 by Silento Sayles, Port Gibson, Miss., 2013. Atlantic stats: Don King, 19 stolen bases; Dale Heath, 16 stolen bases; Laine Rose, 15 stolen bases; Leon Pine, 14 stolen bases; Clyde Hill, 13 stolen bases; Wynn Rentz, 13 stolen bases.

Most Triples in a Game: NFHS Record — 4 by six players, last by Gehrig Chambless of Legacy Charter (Fla.) in 2016. Atlantic stats: Wynn Rentz, 4 triples.

And finally, a look at the top 10 highest scoring high school baseball games.

10 highest scoring high school baseball games

1. 109 — Atlantic (Iowa) vs. Griswold (Iowa), April 25, 1928

2. 67 — Athens (Ga.) vs. Royston (Ga.), April 23, 1948
Nate Williams hit for the cycle twice, including two singles, two doubles, two triples and three home runs. He also drove in 17 runs against the boyhood home of Ty Cobb. Athens is now Clarke Central (Athens, Ga.)

3. 65Licking Heights (Pataskala, Ohio) vs. Harvest Prep (Canal Winchester, Ohio), April 15, 2013
This game lasted only three innings before it was called due to darkness.

3. 65Grant Union (John Day, Ore.) vs. Prairie City (Ore.), May 23, 2014
In a playoff game, Grant Union scored 20 runs and had 20 hits in one inning in the 65-0 win.

5. 63Dufur (Ore.) vs. Cascade Locks (Ore.), May 17, 1977
Dufur had a state record 38 hits in the game with Scott Kramer knocking in a state record 12 runs and Jim Buskuhl scoring a state record 10 runs.

5. 63 — Hanson (Buxton, Maine) vs. Old Orchard Beach (Maine), April 25, 1931
L. Townsend had 10 base hits, recognized as the national record by the NFHS record book. Hanson closed in 2011.

7. 60Evans (Ga.) vs. Laney (Augusta, Ga.), April 14, 1999
Evans had 42 hits in the game and led 25-0 after the first and 45-0 after the second inning.

8. 58Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) vs. Eminence (Ky.), April 7, 2008
Anderson County scored 32 runs in the first inning and finished the game with 44 hits.

9. 57Myrtle (Miss.) vs. Blue Mountain (Miss.), March 26, 2004
Myrtle had 37 hits in the game and scored 28 runs in the third inning.

10. 56Faith Baptist (Canoga Park, Calif.) vs. Pilgrim (Los Angeles), May 11, 1999
Chrisitan Hariot, a freshman, had nine hits, including four home runs and 12 RBI. Julio Bautista had 13 RBI, four doubles and two home runs. Faith Baptist had 50 hits and scored 28 runs in one inning.

Sources for the story include the NFHS record book, various Iowa newspapers, including the Atlantic News Telegraph and the Des Moines Register.
Alex Germer named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Montana High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Alex Germer named 2020-21 MaxPreps Montana High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Alex Germer of Sentinel (Missoula) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Montana High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 senior helped the Spartans go 17-3 en route to the Class AA semifinals.

Germer averaged 24.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest while knocking down 44 percent of his 3-point shots.

Germer eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in an 88-62 victory over Big Sky (Missoula), finishing a special night with 51 points and breaking the Class AA record with 13 3-pointers.

Committed to Montana State, Germer is regarded as one of the state's top prospects.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet - OFFICIAL
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Wednesday its plan to hold one-week Southern California regional playoffs in seven sports, including basketball, baseball and softball, starting June 5 and ending June 26. The other sports include soccer, tennis, boys volleyball and golf.

Because only two of six Northern California sections — Central Coast and Oakland — are even holding playoffs, there will be no Northern California regionals. That also means for a second straight year there will be no state track and field or state swimming and diving championships.

The 2021 state track and field meet, scheduled for Buchanan High school in Clovis, would have been the 102nd in history. 

The CIF, which only takes over playoffs at the regional and state level, had no choice. The organization's hands were tied. Section champions feed into the regional playoffs and with no champs to advance, regionals were impossible. 

"Ultimately with only CCS and Oakland offering playoffs, regional playoffs in the North weren't feasible," CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure there were no update or changes (with the sections)."

Though disappointed that his athletes can't move on, CCS commissioner Dave Grissom said he's heard no complaints.

"This pandemic has been absolutely life changing and life altering for so many families," he said. "In the big scheme of things, for there not to be Northern California championships is OK. It's completely OK. It's just one of those things. It was impossible to pull off. I haven't heard one coach, athletic director or school be upset about it."
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
File photo by Rudy Schmoke
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
All four Southern California sections — the Southern, San Diego, Los Angeles and Central — will finish up their playoffs in late May or early June and then enter a one-week regional playoff.

The section playoffs must be completed by the following dates in these respective sports: boys and girls soccer (May 29), boys and girls team tennis (May 29), boys volleyball (June 5), boys and girls golf (June 12), boys and girls basketball (June 12), baseball (June 19) and softball (June 19).

The last date for regional championships for each sport: boys and girls soccer (June 5), boys and girls team tennis (June 5), boys volleyball (June 12), boys and girls golf (June 15), boys and girls basketball (June 19), baseball (June 26) and softball (June 26).

With just one week to complete tournaments, each bracket will be no more than eight teams. That will create many more brackets than normally, especially in basketball.

Teams and student athletes will likely be faced with many conflicts, concerning both graduation and club teams. Nocetti is hoping for flexibility in all cases.

"We understand that section championships are top priority," Nocetti said. "But we hope those teams communicate as soon as possible their plans on participation at regionals."

The Southern California baseball and softball regionals should be very interest. Currently, three SoCal teams are in the MaxPreps Top 25 national baseball rankings and four SoCal softball squads are among the nation's 25 best.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.


High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon
Despite starting the high school basketball season in Southern California with a perfect 7-0 mark, national power Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) has suffered a number of significant personnel losses. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who is returning home and no longer with the program due to personal reasons, head coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Regarded as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season. He did not play in Sierra Canyon's previous two contests.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22.

Bronny James is also unlikely to join the lineup this year after tearing his meniscus in February and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also will not join the team.

Top five Class of 2022 prospect Amari Bailey has carried the load offensively in recent games, scoring 35 points in a 70-54 victory over Windward last Tuesday before recording a triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in their most recent win over Crossroads on Friday.

Despite the voids in the lineup, the Trailblazers have now won 59 consecutive league games and remain a strong contenders to capture their third consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title. Playoffs begin May 28.
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
Photo by Nick Koza
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa thrilled Major League Baseball fans in 1998 with their race to break Roger Maris's home run record. High school baseball has its own version of the McGwire-Sosa battle when Jeff Clement of Marshalltown (Iowa) and James Peterson of Winterset (Iowa) competed in 2002 to become the nation's all-time home run leader.

Clement entered his senior season with 59 career home runs, including 21 in both his freshman and sophomore season. Peterson, meanwhile, started his junior season 12 home runs behind Clement, but closed the gap to one, 59-58, after out homering Clement 28-17 during their junior seasons.

That set up a 2002 season in which Clement and Peterson both tried to slug their way to the national record of 70 career home runs, set by Drew Henson of Brighton (Mich.) from 1995-98. Clement jumped out to a fast start and tied Henson with No. 70 on July 1 (Iowa plays a summer baseball season). He moved past Henson six at-bats later on July 3. Peterson, meanwhile, had fallen off the pace and was at 68 career homers, including one on the same day that Clement broke the record.

However, while Clement hit just one more home run over the next 13 days while Peterson went on a tear, homering four times. He tied Clement at 72 on July 16. Clement regained the lead with his 73rd home run on July 18 and Peterson tied him again with his 73rd on July 19. The duo entered the state tournament on July 25 tied at 73. Clement played in the 4A tournament and Peterson competed in the 3A tournament.

That's where Peterson's good fortune ended and Clement's began. Clement hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the first game of the tournament for No. 74 and 75 while Peterson went homerless in Winterset's first-round loss. Marshalltown went on to win the 4A championship.

Clement remains the all-time high school home run king of the spring season, but the record has received some challengers over the past decade, including Taylor Hawkins of Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.) in 2012 with 72 career home runs and Christian Stewart of Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), who ended his career in 2012 with 69.

Another player who came close is Brendan McCurry of Roff (Okla.), who ended his spring career with 72. However, if spring and fall seasons are counted together, McCurry has an astounding 130 career home runs. Other spring-fall players with triple digit home run totals include Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) with 106 and Kyle Wingfield of Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.) with 100.

MaxPreps has compiled a list of players with 50 or more career spring home runs. All but one player on the list reached the milestone prior to 2014. Slade Wilks of Columbia Academy (Miss.) reached 50 last year before COVID ended his season.

Butch Harris of Broken Bow (Okla.) reached 50 home runs first, finishing with 51 in 1986. Dan Ruff of Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio) took the national lead with 53 in 1987 and Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) moved to the top in 1989 with 62. Paul Morse of Danville (Ky.) took over first place with 65 home runs in 1992 and Henson claimed the all-time lead in 1998 with 70, setting up the race to the top between Clement and Peterson.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association record book, MaxPreps leaderboards and newspapers accessed via newspapers.com.

Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
High school baseball all-time career home run leaders

1.   75 — Jeff Clement, Marshalltown (Iowa), 1999-2002
2.   73 — James Peterson, Winterset (Iowa), 1999-2002
3.   72 — Brendan McCurry, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
3.   72 — Taylor Hawkins, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2009-12
5.   70 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1995-98
6.   69 — Micah Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 1999-2002
6.   69 — Christian Stewart, Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), 2009-12
8.   67 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2009-12
9.   66 — Nick Masonia, Brooks (Killen, Ala.), 2007-11
9.   66 — Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (Okla.), 2011-14
11.  65 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1988-92
11.  65 — Kevin Bookout, Stroud (Okla.), 1999-2002
13.  63 — Mike Wilson, Central (Marlow, Okla.), 1993-96
13.  63 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1996-99
13.  63 — Rich Witten, Danville (Ky.), 2003-07
13.  63 — Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.), 2010-13
17.  62 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1986-89
17.  62 — Matt Robbins, Calhoun (Ga.), 1999-2002
19.  60 — Heath Graham, Stringer (Miss.), 1989-93
19.  60 — Steven Lerud, Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2000-03
19.  60 — Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), 2008-11
22.  58 — Jeremy Reed, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1995-98
22.  58 — Matt Ames, Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.), 1996-99
22.  58 — Brian Barnett, McQueen (Reno, Nev.), 2005-07
22.  58 — Blake Logan, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
26.  57 — Jake Fields, Jefferson (Ga.), 2007-10
27.  55 — Jeff Francouer, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 1999-2002
27.  55 — David Thompson, Westminster Christian (Miami, Fla.), 2009-12
29.  54 — Tyler Williams, Davenport North (Davenport, Iowa), 1986-89
29.  54 — Rod Walker, Morristown-Hamblen West (Morristown, Tenn.), 1986-89
29.  54 — Wade Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1997-00
29.  54 — Jon Mark Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 2001-04
33.  53 — Dan Ruff, Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio), 1984-87
33.  53 — John Sanders, Tishomingo County (Iuka, Miss.), 1986-89
33.  53 — Dayne Parker, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
33.  53 — Tim Barry, Oak Forest (Ill.), 2008-11
33.  53 — Jose Trevino, John Paul II (Corpus Christi, Texas), 2008-11
38.  52 — Shon Walker, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1989-92
38.  52 — Matt Daeges, Harlan (Iowa), 1996-2000
38.  52 — Taylor Harbin, Travelers Rest (S.C.), 1999-2004
38.  52 — Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth (Calif.), 2004-07
38.  52 — Jordan Adams, Newman Catholic (Mason City, Iowa), 2005-09
43.  51 — Butch Harris, Broken Bow (Okla.), 1983-86
43.  51 — Jared Martin, Riverton Parke (Montezuma, Ind.), 1998-01
43.  51 — Jake Goodwin, Parkers Chapel (El Dorado, Ark.), 1999-02
43.  51 — Justin Pickett, White House (Tenn.), 2001-04
43.  51 — Shane Dougherty, Rockwood (Tenn.), 2005-08
43.  51 — Justin O'Connor, Cowan (Muncie, Ind.), 2007-10
49.  50 — Brad Wilson, Towns County (Hiawassee, Ga.), 1986-89
49.  50 — Joe Little, Butner (Cromwell, Okla.), 1995-97
49.  50 — Jonathan Johnson, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1996-98
49.  50 — Drew Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Tommy Pearce, Marion (Ind.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Josh Gray, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1998-2000
49.  50 — Mike Breyman, Seneca East (Attica, Ohio), 1997-2000
49.  50 — Tyler Howe, Goose Lake (Iowa), 2000-04
49.  50 — Russ Henderson, Lexington (Tenn.), 2008-11
49.  50 — Slade Wilks, Columbia Academy (Columbia, Miss.), 2015-20