A Coast Valley League high school softball game is believed to have set a national record for most combined runs scored in a game, as the Cuyama Valley Bears defeated the Coast Union Broncos 48-47 on Tuesday.
The record is according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book. The previous record was 94 runs, set April 28, 1983, when East Machias Washington Academy (Mass.) defeated in-state opponent Lubec 88-6.
The Broncos, who entered Tuesday’s game with a 0-15 record on the season, took a 47-35 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. However, the Bears countered with a 13-run seventh, giving them the walkoff victory when Emily Araujo scored on a bases-loaded walk to Chelsea Hollingsworth.
Coast Union pitchers gave up two hits, 14 walks and five wild pitches in the inning.
Cuyama Valley improved to 2-12 overall and 2-10 in CVL play.
“The girls were just so excited,” Cuyama Valley coach Mary Jo Harrington said. “They weren’t going to give up in that game. They weren’t playing for much but they wanted to go down winning.”
The small school from New Cuyama fields a team of just nine players, so the girls had no substitutes in a game that lasted nearly four hours.
Melinda Ramirez, the Bears’ starting pitcher, earned the win, giving up 47 runs on 21 hits in the complete-game victory. She was also 3 for 6 with a double, two RBI and five runs scored.
The game was mentioned in the closing moments of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” late Tuesday night.
“This is definitely the biggest game in Cuyama Valley history,” Harrington said.
The Broncos’ pitchers gave up 10 hits in the game, including three doubles but walked 36 Cuyama Valley batters, including walking Ashley Armstrong in all nine of her plate appearances. They also hit 12 batters and threw 25 wild pitches.
“We were up, we were down, we came back, went into the bottom of the seventh winning, and we gave it up,” Coast Union coach Rocky Fordyce said. “We battled back and we never gave up. We had fun. The girls were very positive about it.”
Coast Union’s Morgan May, who hit for the cycle, was 6 for 7 with 14 RBI.
Teammate Gaby Bucio was 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI, and Heather Granada was 3 for 6 with one RBI and five runs scored.
Cuyama Valley’s Megan Harrington was 1 for 2 with seven walks and five runs scored.