Via NESN- “Old Rochester High School of Mattapoisett, Mass., defeated Notre Dame Cristo Rey in Lawrence, Mass., 82-0 last Saturday, with the score setting a state record for margin of victory, according to The Boston Herald’s Dan Ventura. Old Rochester led 32-0 after two innings”
You may read this and think “Wow the coach of the winning team must be a heartless asshole for beating up on a far inferior team.” However, you would be wrong, as apparently the coach of Old Rochester H.S did his damnedest to stop scoring runs-
“I’m sick to my stomach over this,” Carvalho told the Boston Herald. “We really tried everything possible. We told the kids don’t take extra bases, no sprinting — we even had kids bunting and they couldn’t make the routine plays. We had kids hitting balls 300 feet and jogging to first.“
“We even asked that they stop the game after four innings and they said no. Believe me, we exhausted all options in our power.”
As a former H.S baseball player who couldn’t hit anywhere close to the Mendoza line, I get it. Sometimes an opposing team is just has so much more natural talent than you that they have trouble purposely getting themselves out. I’ve never lost game game by 82 runs, I believe the largest margin I ever remember losing by was around 20, which in comparison makes me look back on baseball career with a sense of pride.
Apparently the only reason these two teams where even playing in the first place was due to a classic mix up-
“Old Rochester and Cristo Rey only were playing each other because of a scheduling error. Old Rochester is a Division 3 program with well-established athletics, but Cristo Rey is a Division 4 school with only 103 boys. Prior to the season, Carvalho thought he had scheduled a game against Notre Dame Cristo Rey school in Boston, Mass. He didn’t realize his mistake until just before his team played the Lawrence-based Cristo Rey.
This total mismatch is a bummer for the team that lost, but if were being honest, the kids on the winning side are totally pumped they got a 12 or so RBI boost to their season stats.