The Major League Baseball (MLB) record for strikeouts in a single game is 20.
It’s been accomplished four times, most recently by Missouri native Max Schertzer with the Washington Nationals in 2016.
But MLB games last nine innings.
Seymour junior pitcher Chade Noble struck out a school record 19 batters last Tuesday, April 26, in the Tigers’ 6-1 extra-innings victory at Fordland.
He accomplished the feat in 7-2/3 innings.
Of the 23 outs the Tigers recorded while Noble was on the mound, 19 came via strikeout.
The previous school record for strikeouts in the spring season was held by former Tiger standout Nick Lesmeister with 16 in May 2008 against Gainesville in a 2-1 Class 2 district defeat. That season, Lesmeister finished the campaign with 77 strikeouts in 43-2/3 innings of work.
Lesmeister later went on to play two years of college baseball at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff.
Noble’s statistical line in last week’s victory over Fordland’s Eagles was impressive — 7-2/3 innings of work, 111 pitches, three hits, one walk, one run and 19 strikeouts.
In 35 innings on the mound this spring, he has a perfect 5-0 record with 74 strikeouts and a 1.46 earned-run average (ERA).
In the Tigers’ 8-5 fall campaign, Noble tied the school record by striking out 16 in a game.
“He’s a college pitcher,” Seymour head coach Ty Lumley said. “Chade has the size, strength and velocity to be successful on the mound at the college level, without a doubt.”
Seymour’s victory over Fordland in eight innings last week improved the Tigers’ spring record to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the Summit Conference.
Overall for the combined 2021-22 fall and spring season, the Tigers have a 21-8 mark. In conference games last fall and this spring, Seymour’s record is a perfect 11-0.
Wednesday, Seymour’s final Summit game of the spring season arrives when Gainesville visits. The Tigers are the only undefeated team in conference play, while Gainesville had one loss.
With a victory, the Tigers will win the Summit Conference baseball title outright and undefeated for the first time since the squad was 8-0 in league play in the spring of 1968.
Game time is 4:30 p.m.
The winner of Wednesday’s game likely will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 2 District 10 Baseball Tournament to be played in Seymour.