Iowa High School Baseball Team Breaks N.H. Team’s Record For Consecutive Wins


An Iowa high school baseball team has provided a nice foil to New Hampshire's Portsmouth High School.

They've also developed a little rivalry, though the teams haven't and won't play each other.

Martensdale-St. Marys High School broke Portsmouth's record for consecutive baseball wins Tuesday night, capturing its 84th straight with a 10-0 win, as reported by The Associated Press.

The intriguing part?

Portsmouth's streak is still active, though a better word may be dormant.

The Clippers, located off the New Hampshire seacoast, won the Division II N.H. state championship with a perfect season that ended in May. They won't play another game until next spring.

Martensdale, meanwhile, still has a number of games left on its season and could take a sizable lead over Portsmouth, which will start the season earlier than the Iowa school and has a chance to reclaim the record before Martensdale steps on the field next season.

"We wish them the best of luck," Portsmouth head coach Tim Hopley said. "We'll try to catch up when we start up again next spring."

Homer, Mich., held the record at 75 before Portsmouth broke that this spring. Homer was similarly going back and forth with the record with an Albuquerque, N.M., team back in 2005.

Portsmouth hasn't lost since 2007, but is a much different school than Martensdale.

The Clippers have more than 1,000 students enrolled, while Martensdale barely has more than 100.

"I think it's awesome. I think it's very cool, to be honest with you. I don't think when we set the record back in May, we thought it would only last weeks, basically, before someone else came along," Hopley told The Associated Press.

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