Note: The box score says this game was played on June 4th
(5-20-20) The 1975 OHSAA Class AAA Baseball State Championship was a slugfest as Columbus West beat Parma Senior 28-20. This is the highest scoring state championship game with a combined score of 48 runs.
Talk about a Cinderella type team…it had to be Parma Senior as they entered the tournament with a losing record 5-15, they would end the end year 13-16. Columbus West had lost only one game during the regular season and would finish the season at 29-1.
Both teams has tough semifinal games, West went eight innings before beating Chaminade-Julienne 4-3, while Parmas Sr. hung on to beat Youngstown Chaney 3-2.
Parma trailed Columbus West 25-4 going into the bottom of the 5th inning, when the Redmen kicked it into high gear and score 12 runs (still a state record for most runs scored in an inning in a championship game) in the bottom of the inning to make it 25-20. In the top of the 6th the Cowboys would not score, but the Redmen would add 4 more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it a 25-20 game. The top of the 7th would see the Cowboys add 3 more runs and they would ensure the win blanking the Redmen in the bottom of the inning to hold on for a 28-20 Class AAA State title.
The Cowboys had 20 hits to go along with 18 walks on the day, while the Redmen had 15 hits and 6 walks.
West’s Rick Lainhart despite giving up 12 runs in 4.1 innings would pick up the win…he had a big day at the plate going 3 for 7 with a home run, 7 RBIs and scored 3 runs.
Several individual State records still remain from this game. West’s Dean Smith scored 6 runs and Harold Williams had 8 RBIs.