Twenty-three strikeouts in a game. Really.

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Mendocino senior pitcher Guy Casey was named the Press Democrat’s athlete of the week after striking out 23 in a 2-1, 10-inning win against South Fork last week. (Read the story here). Only 15 prep players in state history have had more strikeouts in a game. Here’s the list, provided by the CalHiSports State Record Book & Almanac:

Most Strikeouts (Game)
34: Joe Cartwright, Easton Washington (2) vs. Sanger (1), 1915 (13 innings)
33: Richard Kinslow, Woodlake (5) vs. Lindsay (3), 1947 (13 innings)
27: Walter Johnson, Fullteron (0) vs. Santa Ana (0), 1905 (15 innings)
27: Dave Smith, Sacramento (3) vs. Woodland (2), 1944 (19 innings)
27: Paul Pettit, Harbor City Narbonne (2) vs. Wilmington Banning (1), 1949 (12 innings)
26: Mike McCormick, Alhambra Keppel (9) vs. Covina (1)
26: Jim Ellis, Tulare (3) vs. Visalia Redwood (2), 1963 (15 1/3 innings in a 16 inning game)
26: Vic Carrillo, Calexico (1) vs. Brawley (0), 1968 (14 innings of a 16 inning game)
25: Jim Maloney, Fresno (8) vs. Visalia Mt. Whitney (0), 1958 (9 innings)
25: John Williams, Woodlake (3) vs. Strathmore (2), 1963 (9 innings)
25: Steve Young, Sutter Creek Amador (2) vs. Riverbank (3), 1982 (11 innings)
24: Robert Craghead, Fresno (7) vs. Fresno Tech (0), 1926 (9-inning no-hitter)
24: Roy Britt, Strathmore (0) vs. Avenal (1), 1952 (13 innings)
24: Gerald Blanks, Orosi (4) vs. Woodlake (3), 1963 (11 innings)
24: Dave Farrelly, Travis AFB Vanden (1) vs. Healdsburg (0), 1965 (16 innings)
23: Shinjiro Kitano, San Marino Southwestern (4) vs. Los Angeles Yeshiva (0), 1990, (7 innings)
23: Guy Casey, Mendocino (2) vs. South Fork (1), 2010, (10 innings)

* It’s possible that more players have had 23 strikeouts in a game, but CalHiSports has no record of those performances.