Baseball: Athletic director says 45-0 rout was unavoidable
Monday, April 11, 2011
by Matt Porter
Berean Christian's softball team has won a first-round playoff game in each of the past four seasons.
Its baseball team has not been as fortunate.
In one of the largest routs in recent high school baseball, Berean Christian lost 45-0 to District 12-1A rival Summit Christian on Monday afternoon.
Summit's Shane Swanson, Sam Murphy and Timmy Williams hit home runs for the Saints (15-4).
Berean Christian (2-11) has beaten Morningside Academy and Community Christian's junior varsity teams this season. Athletic Director Keith Huisman said the baseball team has just 11 total players, including four or five players who have never played before.
"There's nothing we could do about it," Huisman said. "There's no such thing as a routine ground ball for us."
The National Federation of High Schools rule book - used by most states, including Florida - states a game ends when a team is up by 10 runs after five innings, or 4½ if the home team is ahead.
Rule 4, Section 2, Article 4 NFHS rule book states a game can be ended early with the agreement of both coaches and the umpire. However, the Florida High School Athletic Association has modified that rule and does not allow coaches to end a game before it becomes official.
Neither Summit Christian coach John Drouin nor Berean Christian coach Jordan Pino could be reached for comment. Huisman, who did not attend the game, believes Summit tried to keep the score down.
"From what I understand, they just went station-to-station. They didn't take extra bases or anything like that. It's tough to tell a team to not play hard," Huisman said. "You can't tell a kid to walk down the first-base line. That's counterintuitive to playing good baseball."
It's unclear where this rout ranks in Florida high school baseball history.
According to the NFHS, the largest margin of victory in national history occurred in Iowa in 1928, when Atlantic High beat Griswold High 109-0. That game was not played with a mercy rule. Among recent routs, a Dallas-area school beat a district rival 54-0 in five innings on March 9, which was reportedly the largest rout in Texas history.