Republic’s baseball team has won more games than ever before, setting a new school mark with 21 wins against nine losses so far this season. The Tigers are in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1982, and they’ll be looking for their first-ever state semifinal appearance when they travel to Jefferson City next Saturday.
In addition to the single-season wins record, several individual records have fallen this season. Ryker Harrington has scored 45 runs, shattering the old record of 39. (Vincent Pyeatt has scored 37 times this season, so if he can score twice more, this year’s team will have the top two individual runs-scored totals in program history.) Jared Hughes has broken two team records. He’s driven in 40 runs (breaking the old record of 39) and he’s been hit by ten pitches (breaking Tyler Brown’s old mark of nine in a season).
Harrington has also tied the single-season record for runs produced (runs scored plus runs batted in, minus home runs), with 67. And he has a chance to break two more records: his current .817 slugging percentage is ahead of the existing record of .808; and he needs two base hits to tie the single-season record of 41.