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Hayley Flynn Sets New OHSAA Mark With 55 Strikeouts

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Note: Hayley Flynn set a new OHSAA record with 55 strikeouts in Philo's 5-4 victory over Sheridan which lasted 24 innings. The record for strikeouts in a seven inning game is 21, set three different times. Click here for the OHSAA softball record book.

Hayley Flynn Sets New OHSAA Mark With 55 Strikeouts
Courtesy Zanesville Times-Recorder

THORNVILLE -- Philo's Hayley Flynn and her riseball have been baffling area batters all season.

The proof was evident Thursday when the sophomore struck out a state-record 55 batters in 24 innings as part of the Electrics' 5-4 victory against Sheridan in the Muskingum Valley League.

The previous mark for strikeouts in an extra-inning game was set by Wooster's Kasie Kelly, who fanned 44 in 20 innings against Lexington last season.

"Her riseball is what has gotten most of the teams," Philo coach Michelle Smith said. "She didn't realize she had (the record), but when I announced it after the game, her eyes lit up."

Smith wasn't sure Flynn would be able to go after injuring her thumb Monday and pitching nine innings against Maysville on Wednesday. However, Flynn battled through to pitch nine more Thursday since the game was previously suspended after 15 innings earlier this month.

"I really seriously doubted she'd be ready, but she sucked it up. It's still tender," Smith said. "She has worked so hard to get where she's at. Hayley is all about the team, and I can't say enough about her.

"I'm proud of her. She's still got two more years and she'll keep working hard," she added.

The game picked up with the score tied at 3 in the top of the 16th inning, and both teams scored in the 18th inning.

Alivia Swiney tripled and came in on Kailea Wisecarver's single to put Philo (9-1, 13-3) up 4-3, but the Generals (5-5, 9-8) tied the game when Courtney Mautz reached on a one-out error and came around on another error with two outs in the bottom half.

Philo finally ended the game in the 24th when Amanda Miller singled and scored on Kelsey Baker's triple.

Flynn pitched all 24 innings, allowing nine hits and walking four, while London Baker led the Electrics with two singles and a triple.

Mautz singled and hit an inside-the-park home run and Ashley Pallone doubled and singled for Sheridan. Kira Wilson took the loss as she also went all 24 innings with 11 hits allowed, 12 strikeouts and four walks.

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