Port Gibson (Miss.) senior Silento Sayles stole seven bases in his final high school game last Wednesday, giving him an astounding 103 for the season.
If you’re wondering if that’s some sort of record — and you probably aren’t if you read the headline — it is. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ record book, the previous record of 96 was set in 1996 by George Washington (N.Y.) speedster Vicente Rosario. Sayles already owned the Mississippi state record of 87, set in 1991 by a pair of teammates at Natchez Trace Academy.
Sayles, who averaged 3.5 steals per game, was caught once all season.
“I got a late jump,” Sayles said. “I didn’t want to go, but we needed a run. I shouldn’t have.”
Sayles has signed to play with Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, but there’s a chance the shortstop and outfield could be taken in June’s MLB draft.
Wherever he heads next, odds are he’ll be running.