"Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain," might be more than just a line from a Broadway musical, it could provide insight on why so many home runs are hit in the Sooner State.
"The wind is usually always blowing in Oklahoma. If you listen to our state song, it has it in it," said Timothy LaValley, head coach at Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.) when asked by MaxPreps to give a possible reason for the high high school baseball home run totals from the state. "Most fields in Oklahoma are set north or south. In March, usually, we
have north winds that help carry the ball out. In April, the wind is
usually out of the south and has the same effect."
Whatever the reason, Oklahoma teams top the list of high school baseball teams with the most home runs in a single season, as compiled by MaxPreps.
Roff, which had five players with 14 or more home runs in 2010, leads the pack with 131 homers while Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.) has posted seasons with 113, 105 and 92 home runs.
In fact, Rock Creek, then coached by the nation's all-time wins leader Billy Jack Bowen (now at Silo), hit 548 home runs from the fall 1996 to the spring 2000. That included 80 in the fall and spring of 1996-97, 92 in 1997-98, 165 in 1998-99 and 218 in 1999-2000.
Most of the teams on the list, which includes any team with 75 or more home runs in a season, accomplished their totals around the 1999-2001 seasons or the 2009-2011 seasons. No team in the nation had hit 75 or more home runs in a season since, until now.
Danville (Ky.), which is 35-3 and alive in the state playoff race, leads the nation with 78 home runs and has the top two home run hitters in the country in Christian Howe (18) and Ethan Wood (17).
Teams below are listed with the top home run hitters on the team (when available). Any additions or corrections, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sources include the NFHS record book, state association websites, Iwasatthegame.com, the Tennessee Baseball Report, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book and the MaxPreps leaderboards.
Baseball teams with 75 or more home runs in a season
131 — Roff (Okla.), 2010Top hitters:
Brendan McCurry, 26 home runs; Aaron Cornell, 22; Dayne Parker, 20; Blake Logan, 17; Brendon Barr, 14.113 — Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 2000Top hitters:
Josh Gray, 24; Justin Bowen, 21; Kyle Wingfield, 20.105 — Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1992Top hitters:
Shon Walker, 29; Dion Newby, 21; Brad Allison, 21. 105 — Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1999 fallTop hitters:
Josh Gray, 30.104 — Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2010Top hitters:
JT Realmuto, 28; Taylor Hawkins, 19; Clark Roberts, 13; Alex Polston, 11; AJ Wilson, 11.101 — Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1985Top hitters:
Will Edwards, 20; David Mathes, 18.92 — Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1999 springTop hitters:
Josh Gray, 26; Kyle Wingfield, 20; Stuart Parker, 12; Jason Whitaker, 12.90 — Bishop Garrigan (Algona, Iowa), 1999Top hitters:
Brad Nelson, 27.90 — Stillwater (Okla.), 2000Top hitters:
Cody Ehlers, 23; Wyatt Stanfield, 12; Brent Wadley, 12; Josh Fields, 11.89 — East Carter (Grayson, Ky.), 1999Top hitters:
K.W. Sexton, 23. 89 — Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1997Top hitters:
Andy Baxter, 20; Nick Lingerfelt, 17. 87 — Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 2011Top hitters:
Kevin Cron, 27; Joey Curletta, 21; Scott Kingery, 10.85 — American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 2006Top hitters:
David Kindred, 20; Chris Smelley, 15.84 — Bleckley County (Cochran, Ga.), 1989Top hitters:
Woody Butts, 17; Shannon Knighton, 17; Fred McNair, 16.84 — Roff (Okla.), 2004Top hitters:
Mitchell Trimmer, 22; Taylor Freeman, 16.83 — West Delaware (Manchester, Iowa), 2008Top hitters:
B.J.Hermsen, 24. 83 — Orangewood Christian (Maitland, Fla.), 2011Top hitters:
Tomas Nido, 17; Alex Carter, 15; Vince Conde, 12; Dante Bichette Jr., 10.81 — Cullman (Ala.), 2011Top hitters:
Ben Moore, 22; Keegan Thompson, 17.78 — Danville (Ky.), 2021Top hitters: Christian Howe
, 18; Ethan Wood
, 17; Preston Barnes
, 13; Brady Baxter
, 11; Brady Morse
, 8.78 — American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 2008Top hitters:
Joe Belviso, 15; Eric Hosmer, 11; Eric Acevedo, 10.78 — Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1997Top hitters:
Will Renaker, 16.77 — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2010Top hitters:
Joey Gallo, 15; Johnny Field, 14; Kenny Meimerstorf, 9; Neil Lawhorn, 8.76 — Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 1999Top hitters:
Austin Nagle, 19; Nick Bourgeois, 16.76 — Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2001Top hitters:
Joe Hooft, 21.76 — Whitehall (Mich.), 1999Top hitters:
Nate McLouth, 16; Dave Miller, 16; Josh Robart, 16. 75 — Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), 1999Top hitters:
Adrian Gonzales, 15.75 — Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), 2000Top hitters:
Haas Pratt, 15; David Giorgios, 15.75 — D'Iberville (Miss.), 1998Top hitters:
Randy Redmond, 20.75 — Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.), 2000Top hitters:
Davis Burklin, 18.