Talk about demoralizing! It's bad enough to get blown out, but this is a blow-out of epic proportions. Kawamoto Technical High School was down 66-0 with one out in the bottom of the second inning on Thursday when Their coach threw in the proverbial towel. Kawamoto surrendered 26 runs in the first inning and 40 in the second to opponent Shunshukan before the game was called off (and in care you're wondering, the MLB record for most runs scored in an inning by one team is 18, in 1883)
In a cruel twist, all 66 runs were charged to the same pitcher. 1.1 innings pitched yielded 250 pitches. So the coach used the strategy of the mercy rule before he took out his pitcher. Was there nobody else? And don't give me the argument that nobody else on the squad could have done a better job. More like I doubt anyone else could have done a better job giving up 66 runs.
"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."Kawamoto's coach obviously was referring to his physical health, but he must be forgetting the mental injuries such a shellacking must do to a high-school aged kid. Nobody wants to be on a team to lose that bad, let alone the kid who gives up every single run. It's nothing other than cruel.
Luckily for the kids on Kawamoto, their mercy rule application helped revert the score from 66-0 to 9-0, giving the squad a little cover-up on a more than embarrassing afternoon. And let's look on the bright side - - there's no way to go but up from here, right?