EARLY BASEBALL SEASON STATE RECORD UPDATES

Ben Kester of Mendocino High way up in the North Coast Section of the state had a game to remember last week as he went 8-for-9 and had 12 RBI in his team's 52-0 win in five innings over Leggett Valley.

Kester had three doubles, two triples and two home runs (one of which was a grand slam) to account for his 12 runs batted in. Kester still fell one hit short of the state record of nine hits for a single game set in 1999 by Christian Hariot from Faith Baptist of Canoga Park. For RBI in a single game, Kester's total will rank in a tie for third on the all-time state list. The state record of 14 was set in 1984 by Charlie Magana of Fowler and tied in 1986 by Monty McDermott from St. John Bosco of Bellflower.

In addition to the 52 runs (which is fourth on the all-time state list), the five-inning mercy rule game also featured 39 hits for Mendocino. That is better than the 37 hits for one game by Anderson against Live Oak from 1955 that is No. 2 on the all-time state list, but is well off the state record total of 50 set in that same 1999 game by Faith Baptist of Canoga Park. For the record, Faith Baptist won that game, 57-0, over Los Angeles Pilgrim and also set the state best for runs scored.

And as impressive as Kester's hitting feat for one game looks, it's still not the most impressive in little Mendocino's history. In 1995, Oscar Miller of the same school might have made baseball history by hitting for the cycle -- in one inning -- during a rout against Round Valley of Covelo.

Two state baseball records that have already fallen this spring are for most runs by one team in an inning and for highest-scoring tie game.

On Monday, March 24, Twin Pines of Banning plated 32 runs in the first inning of a 41-4 five-inning win over Zinsmeyer of Long Beach. Twin Pines broke the record of 28 runs for one inning set in 1995 by Mendocino (the same inning in which Oscar Miller hit for the cycle).

Also this week, Apple Valley and Victor Valley of Victorville played to a wild 24-24 tie in a nonleague game. Apple Valley got into the tie after rallying from a 20-8 deficit. The previous state record was a 20-20 tie from way back in 1949 for a game between East Bakersfield and Shafter. Thanks to Eric Maddy of the L.A. Times and CalPreps.com for the heads up on this record.

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