Valle Catholic’s baseball team is the king of extended baseball. It wasn’t enough for the Warriors to break the Missouri state record for longest baseball game once. It did it twice in the manner of six weeks. As reported by the Daily Journal, Valle Catholic followed an earlier 16-inning contest in April with an 18-inning, 3-1 victory against Cooter on May 13.
Two games, one month and two days, 34 innings. That’s a whole lot of baseball for one high school roster.
As one might expect, both Valle Catholic and Cooter were notoriously unreliable with runners in scoring position in their marathon matchup, combining for a whopping 39 runners left on base. Twenty-two of those stranded runners were Cooter players, ruining a remarkable performance by Cooter pitcher, who worked nine innings and allowed just a single run before giving way to a team of relievers.
Final game time? An other-worldly 4:03, a time more traditional for a Yankees-Red Sox playoff game, not a seven-inning baseball contest.
Now that Valle Catholic has cemented itself on the top two lines of Missouri’s longest prep baseball games it will get back down to business with playoff baseball. They won’t be looking for any more extra frames, but now we know that if those come along, the Warriors will certainly be ready for them.