Japanese school team hit for 66 runs in two innings

April 18, 2008 at 9:13 pm 5 comments

I had to post this once I saw it. I honestly could not believe it but a team lost 66-0 and there was only one out in the second inning before the towel was thrown. This is no joke! It really happend to a high school team in Japan on April 17. Here is the article from yahoo.com:

TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) – A Japanese high school pleaded for a regional game to be abandoned after surrendering 66 runs in less than two innings, local media reported on Thursday.

The coach of Kawamoto technical high school threw in the towel to spare his pitcher’s arm with his team losing 66-0 with just one batter out in the bottom of the second.

The hapless hurler had already sent down over 250 pitches, allowing 26 runs in the first inning and 40 in the second before Kawamoto asked for mercy.

“At that pace the pitcher would have thrown around 500 pitches in four innings,” Kawamoto’s coach was quoted as saying. “There was a danger he could get injured.”

Opponents Shunshukan were officially credited with a 9-0 victory, giving the scoreline a tinge of respectability for the luckless Kawamoto school. (Writing by Alastair Himmer; Editing by Justin Palmer)

Wow! I am just trying to figure out how you can not get three outs? You can accidentally get three outs. That poor kid. Was there a 200 foot fence in center and 125 down the lines? Was this is a little league park? I don’t think so becuase the other team scored zero runs! I am just baffeled by this. I would love to see this box score if it exists anywhere.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  April 18, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Assuming all the runs were earned this kid’s ERA is 539.99. I’m pretty sure there is no coming back from that.

  • 2. Erik  |  April 19, 2008 at 8:44 am

    And I thought I was bad in high school when I gave up 9 runs against George Washington high school then again they did have a guy named Manny Ramirez who pounded 3 HR’s off me… But I had the last laugh because my team scored 15 against his… IN YOUR FACE MANNY. Then again he’s in the major’s and I’m sitting at home… Damn you Jonathan having to bring back the glory days.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 19, 2008 at 10:23 am

    You’re welcome! At least you won the game.

  • 4. 19  |  April 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Why 66? Did the coach feel they still had a chance when the score was 62-0?
    This reminds me of the girls high school basketball game from a few years ago that had a similar result. Just what is the winning coach trying to prove? Nice to see the Japanese high schools are so much like their American counterparts.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 22, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I was thinking the same thing. What in the world was the coach thinking, on both ends!? Why would you allow the game to get this out of hand? It’s still kinda funny but I feel sorry for those kids.


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