There is a reason some leagues use a 10-run 'mercy rule,' and this is it. Licking Heights High School of Pataskala, Ohio beat Harvest Prep of Winchester, Ohio, 65-0, earlier this month. The game was called after Licking Heights plated a jaw-dropping 31 runs in the third inning. Ohio state rules don't allow the 10-run rule to be used until the fifth inning, but whoever wrote that rule doesn't have to pay for the therapists needed to treat the Harvest Prep team so they can leave the house again after the shellacking.

Licking Heights had 48 hits, 13 walks and 11 hit batsmen, suggesting that the Harvest Prep pitching staff doesn't possess pinpoint control. Actually, it suggests that their starter may have been Charlie Brown.

"We didn't run on passed balls; we didn't take extra bases or any of those kinds of things," Licking Heights head coach Jeff Boyer said. "I even asked the umpire, 'What do you want us to do?'

Wow. The kicker: the teams play again April 22. Maybe Harvest Prep can borrow Joey Votto and Mat Latos from the Reds to give themselves a chance.

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