Skip to comments.Ohio high school baseball team hits the big screen
Posted on 06/06/2013 10:40:20 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The story of the 2005 Gibsonburg High School baseball team seemed like a Hollywood movie. Now it is. The film is playing at several theaters across Ohio and will be released on DVD and on-demand services soon.
The team ended the 2005 regular season with a record of 6-17.
"They were run ruled 7 games, which means the score was getting so bad they stopped the game. They lost 13 games in a row and they lost the last game of the year by a score of 17-0," said director Bob Mahaffey.
But it's what the team did in the post-season that puts the story along side famous sports dramas like "Hoosiers" and "Rudy." The Golden Bears ran off eight straight wins to take the Division IV State Championship.
"Did they get good pitching? Did their bats get hot? Did they play a lot of big schools in the regular season? The answers are no, no, no," he said.
Mahaffey says in nearly every post-season game something odd happened. He says in one game the team faced a three-year all-state pitcher. One of the Gibsonburg players ended up hitting two home runs off him. They were the first home runs the kid had ever hit.
While the team was clearly an underdog, Mahaffey says the film was to. The independent flick was shot during the summer of 2011 for about $250,000. The cast is made up of high school and college students. Their compensation is 50 percent of the film's profits.
Most of the movie was shot in Richwood, Ohio at North Union High School.
"We filmed there because it's close to Columbus and their colors are orange and black which are Gibsonburg colors," said Mahaffey.
Other scenes were filmed at Columbus' Huntington Park.
Last year, "Gibsonburg" premiered at the Dances With Films Festival at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The film was one of 21 selected out of some 1,500 entries.
How does a team with that record get post season status?
Is a great story!
fits perfectly with the country’s current “rewarding mediocrity” meme.
Many high school sports have every team participate in the playoffs. For example, here in Florida the high school lacrosse playoffs take the top 4 in each district (in many districts there are only 4 high schools) and the district winner advances to the official bracket.
In Hoosiers that was pretty clear. Back then ALL schools automatically got into the playoffs. In 1953. Hardly fits your ‘current meme’ theme.
So turning around a completely dismal season and making an 8 game run for the state title is "rewarding mediocrity"?
Either I am misunderstanding you, or you don't have any idea how High School athletics post seasons work. These young men, through determination, and most likely a little Providential influence, did something that is noteworthy.
If anything, simply winning when it counts.
Article says this was about the 2005 season. Slightly after Hoosiers.
I can tell you our Coach would have told them “no thanks, we don’t deserve it, my kids are staying home”
That would be incredibly stupid... and arrogant... of your coach. Why end the season then? Why not after seven straight losses, just forfeit the rest of the season? Go ahead, 1969 Mets... give back the trophy.
Someone who knew a little about sports once said, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
Did you misunderstand my post? It’s not just ‘current’ thinking. In the real life Hoosiers, Milan won the 1953 tournament, when ALL Indiana schools got into the tournament automatically. It’s not a recent invention.
No coach would ever say ‘no thanks’. They would look at it like a second chance to make the season successful. What person did you play for? A quitter?
Well, you wouldn't want to impugn the kids self esteem now would ya? (yes, it's sarcasm)
Coached LL BB for 5 years. Won two playoffs and missed 3 by one game and of course the team had to sit in the stands and root for their fav to win.
I did not see this as lack of performance by my Kids but as a learning experience to try harder next time, The end result 2 trophies on the desk. Win or lose the message is to do your best>
All teams play within the realm of leauge rules and it is not a bad thing to continue the quest for Victory, and to have that opportunity! The gleam in a kids eye is all that matters!
Of course it's not a bad thing, but you have the opportunity by winning. Otherwise, trophies are meaningless.
I played ball & other sports in the early 70's....you won, you moved on. You lost, well you just tried harder next year.
How are kids supposed to get better if they're never allowed to fail?
Just my 2 cents.
While I'm on my soap box, the dumb ass D.H. rule will sooner, rather than later come to the N.L. Somewhere in the future, I foresee each team having an offensive and separate defensive squad.
Agreed, but like I said we operated in that fashion. Losing brings out sportmanship and the will to carry on.
I guess the heart of my statement was the parameters of the League rules! And ours was best record and single elimination in playoffs. After all there can only be one winner of the playoffs. But the true winners are the ones who participate
and bring back a memory win or lose!
Absolutely. I couldn't agree more.