There are records which are broken with a whimper, and then there are those which are broken with a roar. The Michigan single-season home run mark definitely fell in the latter category when Gull Lake (Mich.) senior catcher Zach Fish broke the existing mark in a pair of weekend regional playoff games.A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Fish broke the existing Michigan single season record by former Yankees third base prospect and Cowboys quarterback Drew Henson with a three-homer, two-day spell, belting out the record-setting 24th homer you see above in Gull Lake's 12-2, regional final victory against Sturgis (Mich.) High on Saturday. Fish's senior season home run total stands at 24 entering Tuesday's state quarterfinal game, which will be played at Hope College.
To say that Fish drilled those moonshots with a certain sense of flair is also a bit of an understatement. His 22nd homer of the season in his squad's regional semifinal 13-2 rout of Hamilton (Mich.) High travelled more than 400 feet, soaring over his home park's centerfield fence and well into the Gull Lake parking lot. The record setter, as you can see above, was hit with just as much power, and perhaps even a more self-assured trot out of the batters box.
The Oklahoma State signee's two Friday homers were part of a truly dominant individual performance, with Fish notching eight total RBIs in the rout. That's four times as many RBIs as Gull Lake's opponent, Hamilton, scored as a team. Knowing that the record setter was long gone -- as Fish clearly did in the clip above -- only made the accomplishment feel more monumental.
"It means 10 times more because there are so many more friends and family here," Fish told the Enquirer. "Just because it is at your field. And to do it at Gull Lake where I transferred in... I love going here and it's been an awesome experience for me. So that just really meant a lot to me."
The senior star was selected by the Rangers in the 24th round of the 2011 MLB draft, but a spot at Oklahoma State next fall seems a more likely destination for the slugger.
Besides, if he keeps swinging the bat with as much power as he is right now, there would seem to be little doubt that Fish will hear his name called again at the MLB draft in three years time, perhaps a lot sooner than the 24th round.
"I'm not going to really think about it too much to be honest," Fish told the Enquirer. "I'll probably look back and be appreciative of everything that happened, but it's not the main goal right now. It's still cool, but not as cool as winning a state championship, so I know that we're very close."